Habitat Africa! The Forest

Habitat Africa! The Forest

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ANIMALS

Okapi

  • Okapi
Vines hang overhead, filtering sunlight—just as they would deep in the Ituri Forest of Central Africa. Lose yourself in the lush greenery. The animals in The Forest are quiet, often seeking out shadows. The only sounds are the voices of the people who share this rain forest. They guide your exploration.
 
You might catch a glimpse of the velvety brown coat of the okapi. This relative of the giraffe is an important symbol of conservation in the region. Small antelope, known as duikers, are found here, too. A drifting crocodile, and a chameleon also share the rainforest home. Did you see that bright flash of red? That was the feathers of the Lady Ross’ turaco. The bright scarlet color only displays when they are in flight.  

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