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Okapi illustration by Sir Harry Johnston, 1901 (credit: public domain)



The Okapi is one of Africa's rarest animals. A relative of the giraffe, it was only identified scientifically in 1901, and remains endemic solely to rainforests in the Republic of the Congo. The okapi is classified as threatened and endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature on its Red List.

The Congo's Okapi Wildlife Reserve and Maiko National Park support okapi populations but there has been a steady decline due to human threats including deforestation, the bushmeat trade, and civil war. Botanist Corneille Ewango, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, presents his work at the Okapi reserve and his efforts to protect it from these threats to its survival.


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