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Okapi

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The okapi is also known as the forest giraffe or zebra giraffe, is an even-toed ungulates uniquely endemic to the northeast of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in Central Africa and is a national and cultural symbol, and has been protected since 1933. Although the okapi bears striped markings reminiscent of zebras, it is genetically more closely related to the giraffe. A 2016 study found that the common ancestor of giraffe and okapi lived about 11.5 million years ago. Unlike giraffe where both sexes possess horns, in okapi only males bear. Morphological similarities shared between the giraffe and the okapi include a similar gait – both use a pacing gait, stepping simultaneously with the front and the hind leg on the same side of the body, unlike other ungulates that walk by moving alternate legs on either side of the body - and a long, black tongue useful in plucking buds and leaves and also for grooming. Its coat is a chocolate to reddish brown, much in contrast with the white hor…

Kakapo

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The Kakapo is also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless, nocturnal, ground-dwelling parrot endemic to New Zealand. The kakapo was originally described by English ornithologist George Robert Gray in 1845. And the name translates in English as the Māori terms kākā ("parrot") + pō ("night"). The Kakapo is a classic example of evolution on an isolated island, and has a numerous characteristic features that make this species unique. The kakapo is the only flightless parrot in the world. It is also the heaviest parrot known and is possibly the longest-lived. Adult kakapos have beautiful mossy green plumage mottled with black or dark brownish grey, blending well with native vegetation. The breast and flank are yellowish-green streaked with yellow. The belly, undertail, neck and face are predominantly yellowish streaked with pale green and weakly mottled with brownish-grey. The kakapo has a conspicuous facial disc of fine feathers resembling the face of an o…

Saola

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The saola was discovered in May 1992 during a joint survey carried out by the Ministry of Forestry of Vietnam and WWF in north-central Vietnam. The team found a skull with unusual long, straight horns in a hunter's home and knew it was something extraordinary. Soala was discovered near the border between Laos and Vietnam, and was the first large mammal new to science to be discovered since the Kouprey (Bos sauveli) in 1936. And is so unique and different from any previously known species that a separate genus was constructed for it.
Saola are recognized by two parallel horns with sharp ends, which can reach 20 inches in length and are found on both males and females. Saola have striking white markings on the face and large maxillary glands on the muzzle, which could be used to mark territory or attract mates. They are found only in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Laos. The coat is glossy and ranges from a rich chestnut-brown to almost black, generally being paler on the belly …