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Okapi Upendi

Okapi in "Upendi"

Okapis are animals that live in the Pride Lands.


The okapi has a brown coating with stripes on the legs. They have more stripes on the back legs than on the front. The also have a black muzzle and brown head. In reality, the head is white with a black muzzle and the legs are white with brownish black stripes. In the sequel, they have black ossicones (horns that giraffes and okapis have), and sometimes, they have manes.

Role in the film

Okapis first appeared in the "He Lives in You" scene and later, they were seen in the "Upendi" scene and also, they were seen in the song, "Not One of Us," driving Kovu out of the Pride Lands.


Although it looks like a cross between a zebra and an antelope, the okapi is actually the only living relative of the giraffe. Most people think they're endangered but they're not. Okapis are actually very very shy animals found in Central Africa, Democratic Congo, and Zaire in the Ituri forest. Its scientific or Latin name, Okapia Johnstoni was named after explorer Jokhnston. The okapi was first discovered in 1901. They have a 1 foot or twelve inch long black tongue that grabs leaves as leaves are the okapis main diet. They bend their legs to drink just like the giraffe. But they're not as tall as the giraffe and the okapis neck isn't as long as the giraffe's. Females don't have ossicones and are bigger than males. A full grown okapi can get up to 5 or 7 feet tall. Its main predators are leopards and black panthers. The okapi has made it to the game, Zoo tycoon and Zoo Tycoon 2. It is difficult to find wild okapis. So they breed okapis in zoos and captivity. They are friendly timid animals. Adult males live alone but the mother and calf live together.


Zebra, Horse or Neither?01:05

Zebra, Horse or Neither?

National Geographic speaks about Okapis

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