The Okapi (pronounced oh-cop-ee) is a beautiful and unusual animal and is the only living relative of the Giraffe family.
Like a Giraffe, the Okapi has very large, upright ears and a long, dark, prehensile tongue, while male Okapis display short, hair-covered horns. But the Okapi is most often confused with Zebras because of its unique black and white stripes that are housed on its hindquarters and front legs. Other features include a reddish dark back although it is not yet proven, these markings possibly help the young follow their mothers through the dense rain forest.
The animal is mostly active during the day where they spend the majority of their time roaming through forest in search of food. Okapis are herbivores, feeding on tree leaves, grasses, plants and fruits. Many of the products they feed from are poisonous to humans and other animal species.
Okapis are hard to find in the wild in their natural habitat – the Ituri Forest, a dense rain forest located in the Northeast region of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Okapis are very wary, and their highly developed hearing alerts them to run when they hear humans in the distance, which may have been why they were not discovered until 1900.
Living at an altitude between 500 and 1,000 meters (and in very small perimeters) the animal faces natural predators such as the Leopard but it is the destruction of their habit and poaching that has seen the Okapi classified an endangered since 2013.
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What does Okapi Mean to the Zarraffa’s brand?
Zarraffa’s comes from the Arabic world ‘Zarafa’ which means ‘Giraffe’. While the Okapi is part of the Giraffe family is also something mysterious and rare; related but distinct in its own right.
Just like the Okapi brand, established in 2015 and now available at Zarraffa’s Coffee stores, which is also something to be appreciated for its own unique qualities. A sensory fulfillment to be treasured and enjoyed.