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Okapis are the only living relatives of the giraffes. Despite their large size, they weren’t discovered until 1901. They have foot-long blue tongues that they use to strip leaves and buds from trees and also to clean their eyelids and ears!
Okapis are mostly nocturnal and solitary, coming together only to breed.
Congo River Basin
Low dense undergrowth in equatorial rain forest
Protected since 1933 but vulnerable
Shade-loving plants, also fruits, ferns and fungi
Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for okapi.