4.9 – 6.6 ft. (at shoulder)
440 – 770 lbs
About 30 years
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
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.