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Okapi (Okapi johnstoni)

Okapis are secretive herbivores that inhabit the rain forests of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Their stripes give them such effective camouflage in the depths of the jungle that they were only discovered and officially recognized as a species in 1900.

Okapis are the only living close relatives of the giraffe. They have similar characteristics, such as their long necks and massive tongues. Okapis have large, dark tongues that are long enough to lick their eyes and ears. They use their prehensile tongues to strip and eat healthy young buds and leaves from the brush in their habitats. 

  • 5 January 2013
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