Why Are Okapi Endangered?

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The okapi is endangered due to illegal hunting and the destruction of its habitat, explains Animal Diversity. It was also endangered by the civil war in the Congo, where it lives as a native to the Ituri Rainforest.

The okapi was a rare animal even before it became endangered. It is a relative of the giraffe, and it looks somewhat like it, though the okapi's neck is not as long. The okapi shares the giraffe's horns and long, prehensile tongue. However, the body of the okapi is reddish brown and the legs are marked with zebra-like stripes. A grown okapi stands between 5 and 6 feet high at the shoulder, and it is between 6 and 8 feet long.