O is for Okapi

August 17, 2010 § Leave a comment

O is for Okapi

Most closely related to the giraffe, the Okapi have these bizarre markings to help camouflage them in long reeds and dappled light in the dense rainforests. They have a very flexible long blue-ish tongue about 30cm long, it’s tongue is long enough to be able to clean its own ears and eyelids! They produce a tar-like substance from their feet which is used for scentmarking territory. There are only around 10,000 – 20, 0000 Okapi left in the wild, and can only be found in 40 zoos worldwide.

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