Oorak is small and lithe, with a brown pelt and zebra stripes on his backside and legs. He has stubby horns and black eyes.
Oorak is considerably quiet and shy, with an aversion to meeting new creatures.
When Timon tries to convince his friends, Pumbaa and Simba, that a zebraffe exists, they doubt him. In order to prove himself, Timon sets out on a journey with them, and he encounters Oorak, who explains that he is in fact an okapi, not a zebraffe.
Timon begs the okapi to stay, so that Pumbaa and Simba can see him for themselves, but the quiet creature lumbers away when Timon races back to get his friends. Disappointed, the meerkat admits defeat, and the three friends return home.