Friday, December 2, 2011
One of my Favorite Animals
The Okapi's unusual coloring is actually ideal for its' environment. Okapi's live in dense rainforest, where there is little sunlight except for the traces that weave through the dense upper canopy. This creates stripes of light across the jungle floor that blend in nicely with their legs. Their body is a dark reddish brown that blends in with the rest of the forest and doesn't attract much attention. Other striped jungle animals like the Tiger utilize the same strategy of wearing stripes to mimic lighting in the dense jungle.
Now what are some possible uses for humans if we had Okapi ears? Well due to their ability to hear low frequencies, Okapi's can hear earthquakes. If humans could make a small ear sized device, everyone could have their very own earthquake detection device!
Try to keep in mind that every animal and creature has evolved their specific features for a purpose. If an animal looks strange their must be a reason! Happy reading,