The Okari. Not a Zebra relative but a Giraffe relative | lives in high altitudes in the rain forests of Congo, in central Africa. It was only discovered by scientists in 1901. With white-and-black stripes on its legs, it was first thought to be some kind of a rainforest zebra or a forest-dwelling horse.
The Okapi, Okapia johnstoni, forest Giraffe is a giraffid artiodactyl mammal native to the Ituri Rainforest, located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in Africa. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe. The animal was brought to prominent European attention by speculation on its existence found in popular press reports covering Henry Morton Stanley's journeys in 1887. Today, about 10,000–20,000 remain in the wild
Okapi feeding by Klaus Gierden ~ Although well known to Egyptians in ancient times, and to pygmies since prehistory, the Okapi’s existence was only confirmed and accepted by western science in the 20th century. At first, scientists thought it was some kind of forest dwelling zebra, but now it is known to be the closest and only living relative to the giraffe! ~ Miks' Pics "Animals lll" board @ www.pinterest.com...
"The Okapi, "Okapia johnstoni," 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 zebras, it is most closely related to the giraffe."