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The Okapi Monograph1

Nature volume 78, pages 6667 (21 May 1908) | Download Citation



SHORTLY after the arrival in London of the first complete skin of the okapi, the administration of the Congo Free State at Brussels sent urgent orders to its officials on the Uganda border to procure other skins, and also skeletons, of the then newly discovered animal. In due course these orders were carried out, and a representative series of specimens received at the Museum of the Free State at Teryueren, a few miles out of Brussels, some of which were mounted for public exhibition, while others were reserved for study. With commendable promptitude, the administration thereupon took steps to arrange for a monograph of the okapi, the preparation of which was entrusted in 1902 to Dr. Forsyth Major, who had already made a special study of the giraffe group.

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    "Contribution à la Faune du Congo." Vol. i., Okapia. By Julien Fraipont. Pp. 118; 38 plates. Annales du Musée dn Congo. Zoologie, Ser. 2. (Brussels, 1907).

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