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Okapia johnstoni

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Okapis live as solitary individuals in very inaccessible rainforest. Although this species had been known to the natives of the Congo for a long time, scientists were only able to prove its existence in 1890. At first they were classified as horses and named „Johnston’s horse“ after the explorer who discovered them. In 1901 one
found out that the species was actually a forest giraffe and a new genus was introduced

Classification:

Order: even-toed ungulates, family: giraffids

Diet:

Leaves, sprouts and tree shoots of over 100 plant species

Habitat:

Clearings and the dense undergrowth of tropical rainforests; often close to water

Reproduction:

Mating all year round; gestation period: 435–473 days, one offspring; suckling period: 8–12 months; sexual maturity at 2–3 years; maximum age: over 33 years

Status according to Red List/ distribution area

Endangered (EN)

Status according to Red List:Endangered (EN)

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