This is really OUR history WITH Okapi.
Read this like an old photo album. Fading slides were digitized with a rather too-cheap home digitizer.
The time period 1986 -1990.
John and I were hired by New York Zoological Society to do a radio collar study of Okapi.
We based in the village of Epulu in the Ituri Forest, but we sought our research site beyond the forest hunting zone. We camped at the confluence of two forest streams, the Afarama and the Edoro.
It was more than a 23 km walk from the village to Afarama. We eventually cut a trail straight south to the rode. That was 18.5 km.
One wall at a time we replaced the leaves with mud — a sign of permanence and, in fact, Afarama camp still exists although the okapi study is long since over.
Every morning about four of us would take off in different directions to find specific okapi.
Females have exclusive ranges of 5-7 km2 and males have larger ranges (15-20 km2) that touch several female territories. Females are bigger than males, males approach them with “respect”.
We identified well over 100 plants whose leaves are eaten by okapi.
If you want a much better view than these few snaps above, look at the flick.