Monkey frog in Peru, Owl butterfly in the Amazon, Shoebill in Uganda, infant lowland gorilla in gabon, green python in Borneo
Young okapi with mother. Picture courtesy of Julie Maher at WCS.


The Okapi is a primitive giraffe, about the size of a horse, found in a small region of rainforest in the Congo. It has striped legs like a zebra to help it blend into the shadows of the forest and a long neck to reach leaves above the floor. The Okapi is solitary or lives in pairs and feeds on foliage that is shunned by other forest creatures.

The Okapi was only discovered by Western science in 1899 and less than 10,000 individuals exist today.

The Mongabay Kids site (kids.mongabay.com) aims to help children learn about rainforests and the environment. This site is still under development and I am working to add additional content as time permits. If you have comments or are interested in submitting educational content for the site, please feel free to contact me.

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