The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of Congo-Zaire

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University of Texas Press, 1999 - Nature - 131 pages
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Congo-Zaire contains Africa's largest remaining tracts of intact rain forest, making it one of the most important regions for biodiversity conservation. Its Ituri Forest is home to plants and animals native to nowhere else on earth, including the elusive and little-known okapi.

In this popularly written book, three long-time observers of the okapi present a complete, contemporary natural history of this appealing relative of the giraffe. They recount its discovery by European explorers and describe its appearance and life cycle. They also discuss current efforts to preserve the species, both in the wild and at zoos around the world.

Illustrated with charming line drawings, The Okapi will be a valuable resource for conservationists and zoo visitors alike-indeed anyone fascinated by the mysterious animal of Congo-Zaire.


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I've been a fan of Okapi since I was a child and have been waiting for a comprehensive and easy-to-understand book about Okapi to give to my kids. Now, granted, I don't have kids yet, but I bought three copies of this book after taking it out of the library. One copy is for my kids and one is a back-up in case they draw all over this book. The third copy is for me, because I've been a fan of Okapi since I was a child.  


1 Introduction
2 Description of the Okapi
3 Captivity
4 Field Studies
5 Conservation

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About the author (1999)

Susan Lyndaker Lindsey is Animal Curator at Mesker Park Zoo in Evansville, Indiana.

Mary Neel Green is a docent and artist specializing in public education at the Dallas Zoo.

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