Watch: The Beautiful and Endangered OkapiMitchell Diep
Have you ever seen or heard of the incredibly unique okapi? The endangered okapi may look like a horse and antelope hybrid, with white and black stripes and an elongated snout but it is more related to the familiar giraffe! The okapi is native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. This rare creature was not officially discovered and classified until 1901!
Okapi Fun Facts: Females are larger than males and they can stand as tall as 6.5 feet and be as long as 8.5 feet. They can weigh up to 750 pounds! Just like their cousins, the giraffes, they have incredibly long tongues — their tongues can reach 18 inches and they use their lengthy tongues to strip leaves from high branches. The leopard is the only wild predator that threatens the okapi.
Watch the video to have a look at this incredible species.