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9780292747074

The Okapi: Mysterious Animal of Cong-Zaire

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  • ISBN13:

    9780292747074

  • ISBN10:

    0292747071

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1999-04-01
  • Publisher: Univ of Texas Pr
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"This book will have long-lasting effects on conservation of the okapi and preservation of the forest: the authors' research will heighten awareness of the plight of the okapi, and their royalties will go directly to helping...the Ituri Forest conservation program. You will be helping if you buy this book and encourage your friends to do the same. Okapis have a special place in the natural world, and it is up to us to ensure that they and their forests survive." --Jane Goodall Congo-Zaire contains Africa's largest remaining tracts of intact rain forest, making it one of the most important regions for biodiversity conservation. Its Ituri Forest is home to plants and animals native to nowhere else on earth, including the elusive and little-known okapi. In this popularly written book, three long-time observers of the okapi present a complete, contemporary natural history of this appealing relative of the giraffe. They recount its discovery by European explorers and describe its appearance and life cycle. They also discuss current efforts to preserve the species, both in the wild and at zoos around the world. Illustrated with charming line drawings, The Okapi will be a valuable resource for conservationists and zoo visitors alike-indeed anyone fascinated by the mysterious animal of Congo-Zaire.

Author Biography

Susan Lyndaker Lindsey is Executive Director of the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center in St. Louis. Mary Neel Green is a docent and artist specializing in public education at the Dallas Zoo. Cynthia L. Bennett is Curator of Research at the Dallas Zoo.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Description of the Okapip. 22
Captivityp. 48
Field Studiesp. 91
Conservationp. 101
How Can You Help?p. 112
Selected Bibliography and Further Readingp. 117
Indexp. 125
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