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Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat

Okapi Okapia johnstoni

Distribution

  • Endemic to forests of Democratic Republic of Congo, occurring between about 500 m and 1,500 m elevation on both sides of the Congo River.
  • Okapi populations in the Ituri / Aruwimi and adjacent Nepoko basin forests, and the forests of the upper Lindi, Maiko and Tshopo Basins; also well known in the Rubi-Tele region in Bas Uele. (IUCN Redlist 2008)

Habitat

  • Limited to closed, high canopy forests, occurring in a wide range of primary and older secondary forest types.
  • Okapi don't range into gallery forests or into forest islands on the savanna and they don't stay in the disturbed habitats surrounding human settlements.
  • Will occupy seasonally flooded areas when the ground is still wet, but they do not occur in truly wet sites or extensive swamp forest.
  • Tree fall gaps are selected foraging sites for okapi during the early stages of regeneration (Hart & Hart 1989).

Okapi Distribution Map

Okapi distribution

Okapi are only found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Africa.

Adapted from www.d-maps.com according to IUCN fact sheet. Click here or on map for detailed distribution (IUCN).

Page Citations

Hart & Hart (1988)
IUCN Redlist (2008)
Bodmer & Gubista (1988)

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