Found in the rainforest of the Congo region, the okapi was not yet identified by scientists until 1901. The okapi is also known as the forest giraffe, Congolese, giraffe, or zebra giraffe.
The okapi is a shy, solitary, elusive animal that lives among dense cover and browses on leaves, fungi, and fruit. They have long tongues that strip leaves from branches. The main animal that the okapi fear is leopards.
Okapis stand about 1.5 m (4.9ft) tall at the shoulder and have a typical body length of around 2.5 m (8.2ft). They weigh from 200 to 350 kg (440 to 770 lb).