ENDANGERED SPECIES - OKAPIID92920057
€14.00 (Taxes not incl.)
A.P.E. OKAPI COIN
For the year 2022, being aware of the importance of conserving the integrity and diversity of nature by ensuring the equitable and sustainable use of natural resources, the FNMT-RCM is issuing a collection of 16 coins dedicated to a selection of endangered animals catalogued as Critically Endangered (CR) and included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
The complete collection consists of sixteen coins, issued in the year 2022, and an album-case in which to store them in an orderly fashion.
On the obverse, in a central circular area, an image of the okapi (Okapia johnstoni) is reproduced in colour. On the upper part, in an ascending circular direction and in capital letters, the legend OKAPI. At the bottom, in a circular direction and in capitals, the legend ESPAÑA (SPAIN) and the year of issue 2022.
On the reverse (common to all the coins), within a central circle, the legend ANIMALS IN DANGER OF EXTINCTION appears at the top, in a circular shape and in capitals; below it, the value of the coin 1.5 EURO, in two lines and in capitals; and, below it, the mint mark.
|Face Value (Euro)||1.5|
|Maximum Mintage (units)||5,000|
OKAPI (Okapia johnstoni)
When the famous British explorer Stanley was exploring the banks of the Congo River, he was surprised that the native porters were not startled by the presence of the European horses on the expedition. This was because they knew of a similar but smaller animal, described at the time as resembling a horse or a donkey, but with the stripes of a zebra and the head of a giraffe. Its long dark blue prehensile tongue, capable of reaching into the eyes and ears for cleaning, only helped to add to the legend about this unique mammal, the only living relative of the giraffes of the African savannah.
Its habitat is currently confined to the forests of northern Congo Republic, although in past decades it also inhabited other countries. An extremely elusive and shy animal, it is hardly ever seen or studied, and many aspects are still unknown to zoologists. It is preferably a solitary herbivore, although it can live in pairs or with a young. It feeds on fruits, herbs, fungi, plants and tree leaves, many of which are poisonous to other animals.
Okapis show sexual dimorphism between males and females. Males, like giraffes, have horn-like structures that females do not have. In the past, this characteristic of males led them to be identified with the mythical unicorn. Apart from humans, only leopards pose a danger to okapis.
Human migration, hunting and mining prospecting threaten to destroy the habitat of this elusive mammal, the national symbol of the Republic of Congo.