NDJ – The Okapi, a relative of the giraffe, has been placed on the ‘endangered specie list’ by the IUCN, a natural environment protection agency.
The Okapi’s numbers are declining rapidly because of poachers who aggressively pursue them for their coat and their meat and because of diminishing land the Okapi needs to roam in and find food.
Okapis live in the north eastern rain forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa and are the country’s national symbol. Their image is printed on the country’s paper currency.
Yet sadly, Okapis still living in the wild are becoming far and few and if poaching of the Okapi and land harvesting of their natural habitat continues, these magnificent animals will only be seen in zoos in the near future.
The new list of endangered animal specie was released on Tuesday. The news isn’t all depressing however. Making a comeback are the Leatherback Turtle, two Albatross specie and an island fox; thanks to human intervention.
The IUCN says that per its criteria there are 21,286 animal specie in the world threatened with extinction.
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