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The okapi has larger, more flexible ears and a relatively longer neck than other ruminants, perhaps correlated with locomotor coordination of the giraffid pacing gait.

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The brachyodont teeth of okapi are like other paleotragines, but it has smaller incisors and larger cheek teeth.

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The okapi’s scientific name, Okapia johnstoni, is a combination of the pygmy word, O’Api and a tribute to the okapi’s 1901 western discoverer, Sir Harry Johnston.

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Okapi: Okapia johnstoni