29 Jun '12, 6pm

Poachers massacres rangers, 13 endangered okapi at Congo wildlife reserve via @mongabay

Poachers massacres rangers, 13 endangered okapi at Congo wildlife reserve via @mongabay

Saving Africa's 'unicorn', the okapi (9/2/2012) The giraffe is one of Africa's most recognizable animals, but its shy and elusive forest cousin, the okapi, was so little known that until just over a century ago the western world believed it was a mythical beast, an African unicorn. Today, a shroud of mystery still envelops the okapi, an animal that looks like a cross between a zebra, a donkey, and a giraffe. But what is known is cause for concern. Its habitat, long protected by its remoteness, was the site of horrific civil strife, with disease, famine, and conflict claiming untold numbers of Congolese over the past decade. Now, as a semblance of peace has settled over Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the okapi's prospects have further dimmed, for its home is increasingly seen as a rich source of timber, minerals, and meat to help the war-torn country rebuild.

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2012/0629-okapi-massacre.html

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