What do okapis look like?
Viewed from the front, the okapi is fairly unremarkable, with colouring that appears almost uniformly dark. The rear view is something else entirely. A striking set of white stripes extends across its rump and down the hind legs as far as the back of the knees. Below this, it appears to be wearing a pair of white surgical stockings with black tops and feet. The stripes are thought to resemble streaks of sunlight penetrating the dark forest, enabling the okapi to blend in with its surroundings.
Like giraffes, male okapis have small, fur-covered horns. These are known as ossicones. Males are smaller and darker than females, and their coats often have a purple tinge. Rival males fight by neck-wrestling in a similar fashion to giraffes, but they also charge and clash heads in the manner of bighorn sheep.
Other giraffe-like characteristics include sloping hindquarters, tall shoulders and long neck. Among the other notable okapi adaptations are its large ears, which can move independently, and an extra-long, blue-black tongue.