Okapi Not as well-known as other large African mammals, the endangered okapi (also called forest giraffe) is found only in the Ituri Forest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and is the exclusive home to 1,500 species. The most prominent threat to the okapi and other species in the DRC is habitat loss due to illegal mining and logging that occurs on protected lands. The okapi is also threatened by poaching and the bushmeat trade (illegal hunting and sale of wildlife as meat). A lack of political stability in the DRC makes effective conservation action even more challenging.