The okapi, Okapia johnstoni, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native tae the Ituri Rainforest, locatit in the northeast o the Democratic Republic o the Congo, in Central Africae. Altho the okapi bears striped markins reminiscent o zebras, it is maist closely relatit tae the giraffe.

Saint-Aignan (Loir-et-Cher). Okapi.jpg
Male in ZooParc de Beauval
Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Giraffidae
Genus: Okapia
Lankester, 1901
Species: O. johnstoni
Binomial name
Okapia johnstoni
(P.L. Sclater, 1901)
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Range o the okapi

The ainimal wis broucht tae prominent European attention bi speculation on its existence foond in popular press reports coverin Henry Morton Stanley's joorneys in 1887. Remains o a carcass wur later sent tae Lunnon bi the Inglis adventurer an colonial admeenistrator Harry Johnston an acame a media event in 1901.[2] The day, aboot 10,000–20,000 remain in the wild an as o 2011, 42 different institutions display them warldwide.[3][4]


  1. Mallon, D., Kümpel, N., Quinn, A., Shurter, S., Lukas, J., Hart, J. A., Mapilanga, J., Beyers, R. & Maisels, F. (2015). "Okapia johnstoni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T15188A51140517. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T15188A51140517.en.CS1 maint: uises authors parameter (link)
  2. Shaw, Albert (1918). "The American review of reviews". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. "National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: National Zoo gets rare okapis". Archived frae the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 11 Julie 2013.
  4. "ISIS Species Holdings: Okapi johnstoni". International Species Holding Information System (ISIS). 12 Januar 2011. Retrieved 23 Mairch 2011.

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