The unusual appearance of the okapi provides this animal with excellent camouflage in the forests.
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.
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