The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of Congo-Zaire

Paperback | January 1, 1999

bySusan Lyndaker Lindsey, Mary Neel Green, Cynthia L. Bennett

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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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Africa’s okapi looks to be a close relative of both the giraffe and zebra. An inhabitant of the Ituri Forest in Congo-Zaire -- the continent’s most threatened rainforest region -- the creature’s survival depends on humanity’s will to preserve its natural habitat. In The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of the Congo-Zaire, Susan Lyndaker Linds...

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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 o...

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.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:147 pages, 8.96 × 6.02 × 0.39 inPublished:January 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Texas PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0292747071

ISBN - 13:9780292747074

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Table of Contents

ForewordAcknowledgments1. Introduction 2. Description of the Okapi 3. Captivity4. Field Studies 5. Conservation How Can You Help?Selected Bibliography and Further ReadingIndex

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Africa’s okapi looks to be a close relative of both the giraffe and zebra. An inhabitant of the Ituri Forest in Congo-Zaire -- the continent’s most threatened rainforest region -- the creature’s survival depends on humanity’s will to preserve its natural habitat. In The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of the Congo-Zaire, Susan Lyndaker Lindsey, Mary Neel Green and Cynthia L. Bennett trace this unique mammal’s origins. The go a step further making informed predictions about its future.

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This book will have long-lasting effects on conservation of the okapi and preservation of the forest: the authors’ research will heighten awareness of the plight of the okapi, and their royalties will go directly to helping . . . the Ituri Forest conservation program. You will be helping if you buy this book and encourage your friends to do the same. Okapis have a special place in the natural world, and it is up to us to ensure that they and their forests survive. - Jane Goodall