Friday, February 5, 2016

Fact of the Day: Okapi

In central Africa, there exists the animal known as the okapi. While it has stripes similar to a zebra, its closest living relatives are giraffes. 

19 comments:

Jeanneke said...

Ah, the okapi, my then two year old daughter's favourite animal, when she was in Blijdorp Zoo Rotterdam for the first time, in 1988. She seemed to be hypnotized by those amazing animals.
Beautiful zoo, beautiful (family)times, sweet memories.
Cheers,

Jeanneke.

Huggybear said...

Unfortunately an endangered species. Wiped out in once was beautiful Uganda - ex-Idi Amin territory, the most brutal dictator of all times!
The only hope in years to come - and quickly is for these animals to be taken and bred in "wild life Zoo parks" in caring countries, but that of course takes money.
Great to know that in the zoos of Rotterdam, Holland
that they still are kept and able to breed.
This is something that maybe developed countries could look into????
I think at the Dubbo Zoo in central NSW - there is a herd of these animals in natural habitate.
Far more attractive than bloody pet filthy rats!
Good blog Adam
Cheers
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Bob Bushell said...

They are Beautiful.

Huggybear said...

Well Bobby B - enjoy them before they are wiped out by poachers for their skins. Of course Minnesota dentists can be a problem to the existence of these animals also.
This is one species of the animal kingdom which should be carefully monitored against extinction.
Nice photo of that eagle - Bald eagle maybe? on your blog - you do take great wildlife photos - congratulations on your excellent photography.
B J Hunnicut aka Colin

Jeanneke said...

http://www.diergaardeblijdorp.nl/en/2015/03/29/okapis-return-to-rotterdam-zoo/

Pat Hatt said...

They sure are funky looking, never knew they were a relative to giraffes though.

bj said...

Pretty animals...

Debra She Who Seeks said...

It's an odd looking beast alright.

Harlynn said...

Beautiful creatures! Love the half zebra half brown color. Never heard of this animal! The only reason I'd ever wish to visit Africa is to see the animals. Also the difference between the north and south. I know better than going to North Africa...haha.

- Harlynn
mindyourmadness.blogspot.com

happyone said...

I've never heard of them before. What pretty and strange looking creatures they are.

Martha said...

A very unique looking animal.

stephen Hayes said...

A strange looking animal to be sure.

Christine said...

so interesting!

Huggybear said...

Thanks for that link, Jeanneke.
I looked it up. Rottendam Zoo is to be
congratulated for this breeding programme
to preserve this magnificent species.
Cheers and thanks
Colin

Bethany Carson said...

I believe I saw one of those at the St. Louis Zoo this summer!

DEZMOND said...

they are the cutest, and tapirs too!

Mary Kirkland said...

What an interesting looking animal.

Kay said...

You really ought to get a blog. You have such interesting information as well.

Kay said...

This animal certainly looks like it had very different parents.