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Scientific classification edit
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Artiodactyla
Faimily: Giraffidae
Genus: Okapia
Lankester, 1901
Species: O. johnstoni
Binomial name
Okapia johnstoni
(P.L. Sclater, 1901)
Range o the okapi

The okapi, 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. Mallon, D., Kümpel, N., Quinn, A., Shurter, S., Lukas, J., Hart, J. A., Mapilanga, J., Beyers, R. & Maisels, F. (2015). "Okapia johnstoni". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2015: e.T15188A51140517. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2015-4.RLTS.T15188A51140517.en.CS1 maint: uises authors parameter (link)
  2. Shaw, Albert (1918). "The American review of reviews". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. "National Zoological Gardens of South Africa: National Zoo gets rare okapis". Archived frae the original on 6 October 2007. Retrieved 11 Julie 2013.
  4. "ISIS Species Holdings: Okapi johnstoni". International Species Holding Information System (ISIS). 12 Januar 2011. Retrieved 23 Mairch 2011.

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