Giraffes are strange animals—their scientific name, Cameleopardis, comes from the way they look a little like camels with leopard spots. But they’re not camels at all (or leopards for that matter). They don’t have many close relatives, but their nearest cousins are shy, forest-dwelling creatures with deer-like heads and zebra-like legs: okapis.
While at first glance, okapis and giraffes look very different, they have some key features in common. Both animals have skin-covered bony horns, called ossicones, lobed canine teeth, and long, purple tongues!
Okapi (Okapia johnstoni) Photo by Derek Keats