Democratic Republic of Congo: Okapi

Check out this fantastic animal! I would like for you to meet the okapi. The okapi is in the giraffe family though they are not nearly as tall as their cousins, though they are known as ‘forest giraffes’. They have incredibly long tongues, so long in fact that they can clean their eyes and ears with their tongue! Amazingly there are less than 30,000 left in the wild and every single one of them lives in the DRC.

I am a big fan of finding books that go with whatever we are learning but sometimes a show presents itself and it’s too good to pass up. On Disney Channel or Disney+ there is a show called “The Lion Guard” and there is an episode where they meet a new friend who is an excellent hider, an okapi named Ajabu.

After watching the episode we colored our own pictures of an okapi. You can download the picture for yourself below, it is from a wonderful free website called and I encourage you to check them out!

Fun fact: The largest export from the Congo is actually music. They are known as the music capitol of Africa- mighty high praise if you ask me! So we listened to some Congolese music while we colored ๐Ÿ™‚

The music is amazing and I really enjoyed listening to it, but I learned very quickly that the music videos were not all appropriate for young eyes. So I put on a random youtube playlist/ compilation that I found of modern Congolese music, flipped my phone upside down and we set to color!

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