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