Well, I had never heard of one until my precious grandson, Kaden, begged me to take him to the zoo to see the mysterious Okapie....what a beautiful animal!
The Okapi is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in central Africa. Although the Okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of the zebra, it is most closely related to the giraffe. There are approximately 10,000 to 20,000 in the wild and only 40 different worldwide institutions display them. Soooo....in Houston, we are fortunate to have one of the few in our zoo...Kaden is oh soooo HAPPY, which has made the Okapi my new Favorite Zoo Animal!