Endangered Species daniel s. Jason v. alex a.

The Okapi is an unique animal that plays important roles in its ecosystem as well as its nearby human culture. The Okapi is very good at cycling nutrients and letting vegetation grow immensely. They also feed other animals as well. Of course they also play an important role in human civilization, making itself the national animal.

Okapi in habitat

The Okapi are very important to the environment and should be saved because:

  • It cycles nutrients using its bodies digestive system and makes soil around it fertile.
  • It feeds other animals, keeping them alive.
  • It eats nearly dead tree leaves, removing biowaste.
Okapi eating leaves

Okapi are not only good for the environment, but for the people too. Okapi help people by:

  • Being unique and good for tourism
  • Being the national animal in the Congo and playing an important cultural role.
  • Taking up only a small amount of resources to conserve compared to other animals.
Okapi with Human
Okapi Enclosure

The cost of conserving Okapis are fairly minimal due to...

  • The Habitat size can be quite small; Around 1000 square feet
  • Their Herbivore Diet
Angered Gorilla

Although many believe the gorilla as a better choice of conservation, yet the have many flaws, including

  • The very high price of conservation
  • The large amount of space needed
  • How dangerous and short-tempered Gorillas truly are
Okapi eating leaves

To conclude, the Okapi is a very unique animal that is not only important to the ecosystem of the Congo, but to its people as well. It is the national animal and represents their country. The Okapi also cycle nutrients and feed other animals. They are easy to maintain and their conservation expenses are low. This is why the Okapi should be saved.

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Credits:

Created with images by Allan Ferguson - "Nibbled to death by an okapi" • skeeze - "angry gorilla fangs teeth rage fierce growling" • Abi Skipp - "Okapi"Me

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