The okapi is a shy forest-dweller found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The species has strongholds in Okapi Wildlife Reserve and Maiko National Park, and is listed as endangered. The okapi is secretive, so it is difficult to get an accurate population estimate. Numbers are estimated at just over 10 000 to 35 000 or even as many as 50 000. Threats include illegal mining, logging and hunting for bush meat.
The Okapi Conservation Project has been protecting the okapi since 1987. They work closely with the Institute in Congo for the Conservation of Nature conducting research and protecting the species. At the same time, they run community education and development programmes.
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