Unfortunately, due to several immediate threats including habitat loss, environment fragmentation, and human settlement, okapis are considered an endangered species and their numbers have been steadily declining over the past decade. However, they are a fully protected species legally and multiple wildlife sanctuaries such as the Okapi Wildlife Reserve and Maiko National Park have been set up to try and stabilize their remaining population.
- Recommended Age: 3+
- Size in cm: 10 L x 3.5 W x 10.5 H
- Size in inches: 3.94 L x 1.38 W x 4.13 H
- UPC: 095866292508
Okapis are listed as an Endangered species. Their numbers declined by 43 percent between 1995 and 2007 and by 47 percent from 2008 to 2012, based on surveys from the Okapi Wildlife Reserve. Exact population numbers have not been determined, but a rough estimate puts their numbers at around 2,500. Logging has led to significant habitat loss, and okapis also face threats from hunters and illegal armed groups that interfere with conservation efforts. The species is legally protected under Congolese law.