Okapi: The Giraffe’s Elusive Forest Cousin

Also known as the forest, Congolese, or zebra giraffe, okapi are even toed ungulates endemic to northeast part of Democratic Republic of the Congo in central Africa. While these mammals look like a cross between a zebra, horse, and deer, they’re actually related to giraffes and those two species are the only living members of the Giraffidae family. Like their much taller cousins, okapi are … Continue reading Okapi: The Giraffe’s Elusive Forest Cousin

World Giraffe Day

Today, June 21st, is World Giraffe Day! This day was initiated to raise awareness for giraffes by the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, an international science-based conservation organization that works to protect giraffes and habitats through a variety of projects. And unfortunately, these animals need plenty of help, as there are roughly 117,000 giraffes left in the wild. There are nine different subspecies and their ICUN status … Continue reading World Giraffe Day

Babirusas: The Wild Pigs With A Dental Problem

Found in the swamps and thick jungles on a few Indonesian islands, babirusas are sometimes called ‘deer pig’ (which is what babirusa translates to from Malay to English), or even ‘wild pigs with a dental problem’, which refers to the males’ interesting tusks. As wild members of the pig (Suidae) family, these animals are thought to have branched off from the rest of the pig … Continue reading Babirusas: The Wild Pigs With A Dental Problem

Pangolins – One Of The World’s Most Trafficked Animals

You may not have heard of these scaly mammals but pangolins are one of the most trafficked mammals in the world. Tens of thousands of these animals are being snatched from their habitats and shipped all over the world because their scales are considered to have medicinal properties and their meat is considered a delicacy. There are eight pangolin species in the world, with four … Continue reading Pangolins – One Of The World’s Most Trafficked Animals