The Mysterious Okapi

Hi everyone, miss me?  Sorry to have been gone so long, but I’m back, and I finally managed to drag Tabula Rasa to the zoo for a day of animal photography!  I know it isn’t the dust, mold and decay you all usually come here for but I needed something to lift my spirits, and a visit to a well kept zoo fit the bill perfectly. Normally I go to our local free zoo, but this time I decided that we should check out the pay zoo and see what different animals we might find there, and today I saw my first okapi.

Okapi are weird animals, they are known as the “forest giraffe”, and are the only other member of the giraffe family.  No where near as tall and goofy looking as your typical reticulated giraffe, they are built more horse-like and have striped legs.  They are dedicated browsers (meaning they eat leaves and bark) and are on the endangered species list, which squashes my dreams of having one as a pet.  Well, that and the fact that I live in a studio apartment.

Either way, meet the mysterious okapi.

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5 responses

  1. The B&W ones are just killer.

    November 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    • Your use of the plural is confusing, there is only one B&W shot… Weirdo.

      November 30, 2014 at 8:19 pm

  2. Beautiful creature! I am in love with the first pose. Always a good day when photographing animals!

    December 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    • I have another photo like the first pose, except for she is licking her back with her freakishly long, purple tongue. Now that I think about it I should probably post that….

      December 7, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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