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A New Specimen of the Okapi

Nature volume 74, page 578 (04 October 1906) | Download Citation



IN a letter from the Congo Free State, published in the Times of September 26, Major P. H. G. Powell-Cotton states that he has succeeded in obtaining the skeleton and skin of a fine male okapi. This animal was killed at Makala, in the Ituri forest, by the native hunter Agukki, who shot the two specimens taken to Europe by Dr. David. After careful inquiry, Major Powell-Cotton is Unable to satisfy himself that any European has hitherto killed an okapi. A Swiss official named Jeannet, in the employ of the Congo Government, was, however, in 1905 shown one of these animals by a native as it stood in thick covert, where it was shot by the latter. This the writer believes to be the first living okapi (or “kangi,” as it is called by the Makala natives) seen by a European.

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