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okapi (Okapia johnstoni)
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okapi (Okapia johnstoni)

Deutsch: Okapi im Okapi-Wald des Zoo leipzig
Date April 2009
Author nachbarnebenan 23:15, 11. Apr. 2009 (CEST)

The okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae. The okapi stands about 1.5 m tall at the shoulder and has an average body length of about 2.5 m. Its weight ranges from 200 to 350 kg. It has a long neck, and large, flexible ears. Its coat is a chocolate to reddish brown, much in contrast with the white horizontal stripes and rings on the legs and white ankles. Male okapis have short, hair-covered horns called ossicones, less than 15 cm in length. Females possess hair whorls, and ossicones are absent.
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Okapia
Species: Okapia johnstoni (P.L. Sclater, 1901)
Equus? johnstoni P. L. Sclater, 1901
Okapia johnstoni: Lankaster, 1901
Helladotherium tigrinium Johnston, 1901
Okapia liebrechtsi Major, 1902
Okapia erikssoni Lankaster, 1902
Ocuapia kibalensis Gatii, 1936

Scientific Name: Okapia johnstoni (P.L. Sclater, 1901)
Common Names: Okapi
Synonyms: Equus johnstoni P.L. Sclater, 1901

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