The unusual appearance of the okapi provides this animal with excellent camouflage in the forests when sunlight filters in through the trees. The okapi is part of the giraffe kind; it is not a link between zebras and giraffes, as some scientists claim. If the okapi had a long neck like its relative the giraffe, it would have a difficult time moving through the thick forests.


  • The okapi is unusual since its front and hind legs resemble the zebra while other features resemble the giraffe.
  • The male okapi has small, hair-covered horns.

Fun Facts

  • The okapi’s tongue is long enough to clean out its eyes and ears.
  • Its fur is very oily, keeping the animal dry on rainy days.
  • The okapi wasn’t known to the scientific world until around 1900, but Pygmies who share their forest home with the okapis have killed and eaten them for centuries.
  • The okapi is native just to the Ituri forest of the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Created Kind Members


CLASS: Mammalia (mammal)
ORDER: Artiodactyla (even-toed hooves)
FAMILY: Giraffidae (giraffe kind)
GENUS/SPECIES: Okapi johnstoni

Size: About 5 ft (1.5 m)
Weight: 440–770 lbs (200–300 kg); Females are larger than the males
Original Diet: Plants
Present Diet: Plants
Habitat: Eastern equatorial rainforest of Africa