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Okapia johnstoni (okapi)

Wikipedia Abstract

The okapi /oʊˈkɑːpiː/ (Okapia johnstoni), is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The okapi and the giraffe are the only living members of the family Giraffidae. The okapi stands about 1.5 m (4.9 ft) tall at the shoulder and has an average body length of about 2.5 m (8.2 ft).
View Wikipedia Record: Okapia johnstoni

Endangered Species

Status: Endangered
View IUCN Record: Okapia johnstoni

EDGE Analysis

Uniqueness Scale: Similiar (0) 
 Unique (100)
Uniqueness & Vulnerability Scale: Similiar & Secure (0) 
 Unique & Vulnerable (100)
ED Score: 16.54
EDGE Score: 3.56


Adult Weight [1]  496.04 lbs (225.00 kg)
Birth Weight [1]  35.27 lbs (16.00 kg)
Female Maturity [1]  1 year 7 months
Male Maturity [1]  2 years 2 months
Diet [2]  Herbivore
Diet - Plants [2]  100 %
Forages - Ground [2]  100 %
Gestation [1]  1 year 3 months
Litter Size [1]  1
Litters / Year [1]  1
Maximum Longevity [1]  34 years
Weaning [1]  6 months 14 days


Name Countries Ecozone Biome Species Report Climate Land
Central Congolian lowland forests Democratic Republic of the Congo Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Eastern Congolian swamp forests Democratic Republic of the Congo Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests
Northeastern Congolian lowland forests Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Republic of the Congo Afrotropic Tropical and Subtropical Moist Broadleaf Forests

Emblem of

Congo, Democratic Republic (Zaire)

Prey / Diet

Aidia micrantha[3]
Macaranga monandra[3]
Macaranga spinosa[3]
Rinorea oblongifolia[3]
Trema guineensis[3]


Panthera pardus (Leopard)[3]


Parasitized by 
Cooperia okapi <Unverified Name>[4]
Haemonchus okapiae <Unverified Name>[4]
Leiperocotyle congolense <Unverified Name>[4]
Leiperocotyle okapi <Unverified Name>[4]
Monodontella giraffae[3]
Trichocephalus globulosa <Unverified Name>[4]

Institutions (Zoos, etc.)

Institution Infraspecies / Breed 
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bronx Zoo/Wildlife Conservat'n Society
Cheyenne Mtn Zoological Park
Chicago Zoological Park
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden
Cologne Zoo
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium
Copenhagen Zoo
Dallas Zoo
Denver Zoological Gardens
Disney's Animal Kingdom
Houston Zoo, Inc.
Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Jardim Zoologico / Lisbon Zoo
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Marwell Wildlife
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
Miami Metrozoo
Nat'l Zoological Gardens of S. Africa
North of England Zoological Society
Oklahoma City Zoological Park
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
Rotterdam Zoo
Saint Louis Zoological Park
San Antonio Zoological Gardens & Aquar
San Diego Wild Animal Park
San Diego Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
The Philadelphia Zoo
Ueno Zoological Gardens
White Oak Conservation Center
Wilhelma Zoo
Yokohama Zool. Gardens
Zoo Dvur Kralove, a.s.
Zoo of Antwerp
Zoo Parc de Beauval
Zoological Society of London
Zoologischer Garten Basel
Zoologischer Garten Frankfurt
Zoologischer Garten Leipzig
Zoologischer Garten Wuppertal

Range Map




Attributes / relations provided by
1de Magalhaes, J. P., and Costa, J. (2009) A database of vertebrate longevity records and their relation to other life-history traits. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 22(8):1770-1774
2Hamish Wilman, Jonathan Belmaker, Jennifer Simpson, Carolina de la Rosa, Marcelo M. Rivadeneira, and Walter Jetz. 2014. EltonTraits 1.0: Species-level foraging attributes of the world's birds and mammals. Ecology 95:2027
3Okapia johnstoni, Richard E. Bodmer and George B. Rabb, MAMMALIAN SPECIES No. 422, pp. 1-8 (1992)
4Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 WWF WildFINDER
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