must have Monday: okapis

My adoration of giraffes and zebras is no secret. But imagine how awesome it would be if there was an animal who was kinda like a mixture of the two! Imagine no longer, my friends, for that animal is called an okapi and lives in the Ituri Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, central Africa.


You might think that okapis are related to zebras, with their pretty striped legs and all, but in fact they are more closely related to giraffes - their bodies being very similarly shaped, other than their necks being much shorter. Similarly to the giraffe, the okapi also has a long (roughly 30cm) bluey black tongue. Crazy mad.

When European explorers first reported the okapi's existence, calling it the 'African unicorn', their stories were not believed. It wasn't until a body was sent to London in 1901 that the okapi was formally recognised as a 'new' animal and named Okapia johnstoni after it's discoverer, the British explorer, Sir Harry Johnson.

Let's see what pretty okapi things we can find...

///for the walls///

{okapi painting by Diana Sudyka{okapi painting by Betty Gerstner}

///in the wardrobe///

{okapi tie by RulanCapperStarr} {glass okapi pendant by Happy Owl Glassworks}

///in the home///


///misc///

{origami okapi created by Yamada Katsuhisa} {okapi bag by daffyanimals}

...and just on the off chance that you might, one day, partake in a "Dress Like An African Animal Day" at work, I've put together a rather lovely okapi-themed outfit. I don't think I would even need a themed day to wear it, I love it!


and how about this party okapi outfit...


Okapis are so my favourite animal of 2012.

7 hellos:

agiraffeinascarf said...

Okapis are my favourite animals! But hardly anyone has heard of them, which is a bit sad because they're gorgeous!

Vixie said...

Hooray! I'm so glad someone else knows about them, they are ace! I think we should do an okapi themed blog party sometime :) I really enjoyed putting those two outfits together!

Amy {I Am Adorkable} said...

I'm really liking the okapi outfits you put together especially the office one. I have heard of them but they are often overlooked, which is a shame. Thank you for reminding me of them! Xo

Vixie said...

Hey Amy! I'm really glad! I'll have to see what other animal outfits I can come up with :)

Siobhan said...

I love the okapi outfits - particularly the office one! I think I could wear that to work for sure!

Jeane said...

thanks for featuring my artwork! I love the okapi bottle stopper. And those outfits you assembled look really cool- I'd love to see someone dressed in one!

Vixie said...

I'd really like to wear it to work and see how it goes down... I'm pretty sure no one would bat an eyelid!

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