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Photo note: Okapi diorama. "Okapi. African Belgian Congo." The
Akeley Hall of African Mammals, AMNH.
In the 1890s, the explorer Henry Morton Stanley described the
Okapi as a kind of forest donkey. Others had thought it might
be an antelope. When the explorer Sir Harry Johnston sent a
piece of striped okapi skin to the British Museum, London scientists
announced the discovery of a new species of forest zebra.When
a complete okapi was finally found 1901, biologists were astonished
to find that its closest living relative was the giraffe.
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