The majestic creatures of Africa
The Okapis only exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo now unfortunately due to poaching and illegal bushmeat hunting.
Since the okapis are endangered there are a few very well protected okapi wildlife areas. The rangers that patrol the area are on the careful lookout for poachers or armed rebels, who come to attack the okapi for their meat or skins. There is even a website for the conservation of okapis called www.okapiconservation.org. A study even shows that the wild okapi population has gone down by 50% in 15 years. Okapis are endangered by many other things such as illegal hunting, habitat loss, bushmeat hunting, logging and human settlement.
Okapis are this creature. Aren’t they beautiful? I would love to see them some day in the wild in Africa. Or better yet, I’d love to be able to touch them and their velvety fur.
However, they do sometimes have parasites in their stomach and also eat some poisonous leaves so I may change my mind about that thought quickly. The most dangerous type of parasite is a nematode. It is probably from what is on the vegetation that they eat. On the other hand, every animal has a bad side so I still am very attached to the animal okapi.
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OTHER HORNED AFRICAN MAMMALS
The Addax is also in the antelope family and resides in the Sahara desert. Addax are critically endangered due to illegal hunting. However, they used to live abundantly in North Africa. In May, 2016 only 3 addax were left in the wild accoding to Scientific American.
The Beisa Oryox is an antelope and can be found mostly in East Africa where they thrive in semi-desert areas. They are able to survive in the hot and dry climate because their body can raise its temperature so they do not lose precious water through perspiration.
The Bongo is the largest antelope species in Africa. Bongos usually inhabit west and central Africa. They are also a critically endangered species.
The Limpopo Bushbuck is another antelope and makes a home for itself in sub-saharan Africa. Even though the Limpopo Bushbuck is hunted very often it is not even close to being endangered, their conervation status is least concern.