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Okapi
Okapia johnstoni -Marwell Wildlife, Hampshire, England-8a.jpg
At Marwell Wildlife, Ingland
Conservation status
Scienteefic classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Family: Giraffidae
Genus: Okapia
Lankester, 1901
Species: O. johnstoni
Binomial name
Okapia johnstoni
(P.L. Sclater, 1901)
Range cairt

The okapi /ˈkɑːp/, Okapia johnstoni, is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native tae the Ituri Rainforest, locatit in the northeast o the Democratic Republic o the Congo, in Central Africae. Altho the okapi bears striped markins reminiscent o zebras, it is maist closely relatit tae the giraffe.

The ainimal wis broucht tae prominent European attention bi speculation on its existence foond in popular press reports coverin Henry Morton Stanley's joorneys in 1887. Remains o a carcass wur later sent tae Lunnon bi the Inglis adventurer an colonial admeenistrator Harry Johnston an acame a media event in 1901.[2] The day, aboot 10,000–20,000 remain in the wild an as o 2011, 42 different institutions display them warldwide.[3][4]

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  1. IUCN SSC Antelope Specialist Group (2008). Okapia johnstoni. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red Leet o Threatened Species. Retrieved 10 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is of near threatened.
  2. Shaw, Albert (1918). The American review of reviews. 
  3. National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: National Zoo gets rare okapis.
  4. "ISIS Species Holdings: Okapi johnstoni". International Species Holding Information System (ISIS). 2011-01-12. Retrieved 2011-03-23. 

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