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10 animals found in the rainforest

By: Bryan Nelson on April 7, 2014, 10:40 a.m.
Okapi, Marwell Wildlife

Photo: Charles Miller [CC BY 2.0]/Wikimedia Commons

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It looks a bit like a cross between a zebra and an antelope, and has even been confused for a unicorn. But the bizarre-looking okapi is none of the above. Its closest living relative is the giraffe.

These beautiful, elusive creatures inhabit the rainforests of Central Africa. They spend most of their time grazing leaves, buds, grasses, ferns and fruit with their exceptionally long, agile and sticky tongues. Their tongues are so dexterous that they are able to thoroughly wash their eyelids and their large ears inside and out.