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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

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Rainforest Hero

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, August 28, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, sustainability, environment

                      Okapi illustration by Sir Harry Johnston, 1901 (credit: public domain)

The okapi is one of Africa's rarest animals. A relative of the giraffe, it was first identified in 1901 and is endemic solely to rainforests in the Republic of the Congo. It is classified on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List as threatened and endangered. The Congo's Okapi Wildlife Reserve and Maiko National Park support okapi populations but there has been a steady decline due to human threats including deforestation, the bushmeat trade, and a civil war. Botanist Corneille Ewango , a recepient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, presents his work at the reserve. His efforts have been essential to protect the rare animal from threats to its parkland habitat.

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