Okapia, the relative of the giraffe, habitats and physical characteristics


The okapia is a mammal of the giraffe family , in fact the closest living relative . He is said to be a living fossil as it closely to the first jiráfidos seems . Although they look many people think that zebras are family , because they have a reddish brown color that covers most of his body except the legs and buttocks that look the same to a zebra. It looks like a giraffe, but smaller and shorter neck legs , as they have two small horns and hair covered with a long tongue which is prehensile . The okapia grows to between 1.9 and 2.1 meters in length including head and curepo , reaching a height at the withers from 1.5 to 1.8 meters, its tail can measure between 30 and 42 cm, and come weigh between 200 and 250 kg .

Although natives of Africa , its distribution is at the center of the continent , in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. It lives in the equatorial forests where much time walking through the thick vegetation of the trail passes .

The okapi are herbivores feeding on furtas and leaves, some of which are poisonous to humans. They are rather solitary animals they are rarely seen accompanied by a female or living in small groups .

The Okapi is endangered because of poaching and the destruction of its habitat , it is presently believed that between 10,000 and 20,000 specimens.