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The okapi has a distinctive pattern of horizontal stripes, much like those of a zebra, on the upper legs. These markings are thought to help young follow their mothers through the dense rainforest. The stripes also help the Okapi to camouflage away from predators. They are sometime referred to as 'follow me' markings.

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