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In these challenging times, the beauty of Africa has never served more as a source of inspiration and relief.
A collaboration with South African illustrator Chantal-Henry Swiegers, we hope that coloring in these illustrations inspired by the family bonds and communities that exist in the wild allows you to connect and relax with your loved one!
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Follow your own creative route or use our color guide to complete.
Don’t forget to tag @okapi.africa and your loved ones in your final artworks!
OKAPI derives our name from the elusive Okapi antelope which lies deep in the Ituri Rainforest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is not found anywhere else in the world! A cousin of the enigmatic Giraffe, an Okapi is about the size of a horse. They have large ears that can move independently of one another, so they can stay alert from all angles and have distinctive stripe patterns on their backsides. These unique patterns serve much of the same purpose as our fingerprints. So much so that calves identify and follow their mothers using her stripes! Okapi are known for being shy, usually solitary, and are nearly impossible to observe in the wild. As a result, the Okapi were not discovered until the 1900s and have obtained almost mythical status, becoming known as the ‘African Unicorn’. Due to their elusive nature, researchers can only estimate how many Okapi there are in the wild however it is believed that there are currently about 10,000-15,000. In their family life, Okapi mothers produce infrasonic calls to communicate with their calves, which is useful in dense forest and cannot be heard by humans. This is a useful way for a mother to check in on her baby while she’s out foraging without alerting potential predators of the fact that her baby is vulnerable.