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What is the length of an okapi?
6.2 – 8.2 ft.Without Tail, Head to the base of the tail
How tall is a female okapi?
Okapi are about 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall. Females are typically a little heavier at 495 to 770 lbs. (225 to 350 kilograms) while males weigh 440 to 660 lbs. (200 to 300 kg).
Is an okapi a cross between a giraffe and a zebra?
Okapis look like a cross between zebras and giraffes. In fact, it is the only living relative to the giraffe. In addition to long necks, okapis have reddish bodies, black-and-white striped legs and 12-inch, purple, prehensile tongues.
How fast can okapi run?
How fast can an okapi run? The Okapis can attain speeds up to 37 mph (60 kmph).
What does the okapi look like?
Known as the “forest giraffe,” the okapi looks more like a cross between a deer and a zebra. Except for the tips, the okapi’s short horns are covered in skin. While all males have horns, most females have knobby bumps instead.
Do okapi have sharp teeth?
The okapi’s muzzle is narrow and strong to help with feeding. Okapi have 32 teeth with wrinkled enamel and a large gap between incisors and premolars (Colbert, 1938). Similar to giraffes they have lobed canine teeth.
What noise does an okapi make?
Besides his secret subsonic language, the okapi also slings the usual bleats and whistles that you might hear from a giraffe. That’s because of all the animals he resembles, the giraffe is his closest relation. In fact, he’s often called a “forest giraffe.”
Where do the okapi live?
the Democratic Republic of Congo
Native to the Democratic Republic of Congo, okapis are mainly found within the Ituri Forest and prefer very dense tropical rainforests. While they usually remain in the thick vegetation, they also frequent nearby riverbeds.
Are okapi shy?
Okapis are very shy. Their reddish brown-black coat camouflages them in the deep forest. In the thick trees and underbrush, okapis rely on their hearing to warn them of danger.
What is the lifespan of an okapi?
Calf spends first few weeks of its life hidden in dense vegetation. It does not defecate for the first 4 to 8 weeks because it is too weak and it can be easily detected (sniffed out) by predators. Average lifespan of the okapi is between 20 and 30 years.
What are the Predators of the okapi?
The main predator of the okapi is the leopard, an animal that spends a lot of time resting in the trees and surveying the surrounding area for potential prey.
How long do okapis live?
Okapi live up to 30 years in captivity, but there is not enough data to predict how long they live in the wild, University of Michigan says.
What are some interesting facts about the okapi?
Basic Facts about the Okapi The body length is about 2.5 m (8.2 ft) with a height up to the shoulder of 1.5 m (4.9 ft). The okapis weigh between 200-350 kg (440-770 lbs). One interesting and also odd fact is that the females are bigger than the males. The okapi lifespan is 20-30 years. The gestation period lasts for 440 to 450 days.