The Okapi is an elusive herbivore that is found in a small pocket of tropical mountain forest in central Africa. Despite it’s Deer-like appearance the Okapi is actually one of the last remaining ancestors of the Giraffe, which is the tallest animal on Earth. Along with having a relatively long neck compared to it’s body size, the most striking feature of Okapi is the horizontal stripes that are particularly visible on their behinds and give this animal an almost Zebra-like appearance. Okapi is very shy and secretive, so much so in fact that they were not recognized as a distinct species by western science until the earth 20th century. Although they are seldom seen by people, the Okapi is not an endangered species as they are thought to be fairly common in their remote habitats.
Like it’s distant and much larger ancestor, Okapi has a long neck which not only helps it to reach leaves that are higher up, but also provides Okapi with a tool to both defend itself and it’s territory. Okapi has a red-brown coloured coat of fur with horizontal, white striped markings that are found on their hind quarters and at the tops of their legs, and provide the Okapi with excellent camouflage in the dense jungle.