Scientific Name

Okapia Johnstoni


4.9 – 6.6 ft. (at shoulder)


440 – 770 lbs


About 30 years


Tropical Rainforest





Okapi are creatures that appear in The Lion King universe.


The okapi has a brown coat with stripes on its legs. They have more stripes on their back legs than on their front. They 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. Sometimes, they have black ossicones (horns that giraffes and okapis have) and manes.


In the Real World

Okapi Upendi

Okapi during "Upendi"

Although it looks like a cross between a zebra and an antelope, the okapi is actually the only living relative of the giraffe. Okapis are shy animals, found in Central Africa, the Democratic Congo, and Zaire in the Ituri forest. Its scientific name, Okapia johnstoni, was named after explorer Johnston. The okapi was first discovered in 1901. They have a twelve inch long black tongue that grabs leaves, which are the okapi's main diet. They bend their legs to drink just like the giraffe. 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. It is difficult to find wild okapis. Adult males live alone, but the mother and calf live together.

In the Universe

The Lion King II: Simba's Pride

Okapis first appeared in the beginning of the film. Later, they were seen in the "Upendi" scene. They were also seen during the song, "Not One of Us," driving Kovu out of the Pride Lands.

The Lion Guard

In The Imaginary Okapi

It is revealed that okapis are not exactly native to the Pride Lands. Ajabu is the first Okapi to become a Pride Lander, fleeing there in order to escape Makucha the leopard.



Zebra, Horse or Neither?

Zebra, Horse or Neither?