Right as we enter the forest, you can see just back there, behind the bamboo, the hind legs of an Okapi. Those stripes may make it look like a relative of the zebra, but actually, it's closest relative is the giraffe.
Oh, we're in luck! On the riverbank there across the way, you can see a Black Rhino! Black Rhino are hunted for their horns, and poachers have gone after them so aggressively, there are only 3,600 remaining in all of Africa. It's sad that even on reserves, poachers do sometimes sneak in and kill these beautiful creatures.
These big, horned bulls are called Ankole Cattle, and those horns can be as long as six feet on either side!
Now, here's a picture-perfect view of the modern African Elephant family. Baby African Elephants will spend almost 15 years of their lives with their mothers. During that time, they learn where all the watering holes are and where the best food is. Aren't they cute? Unfortunately, both male and female African Elephants are targeted by poachers since they both have horns. It's sad, because poaching is largely the result of poverty and ignorance. Any person with a rifle can bring down an elephant and saw off it's tusks for more money than they could make in a year in most African countries. The best defense against poaching we have is education, and it's super important to ensure that folks here are aware of the problem of illegal hunting.
Get a good look at this creature here, because the Bontebok is extinct in the wild. They were hunted so aggressively by poachers for their corkscrew-like horns that that's how bad it got: Today, they are extinct outside reserves like ours at Harambe. The bright side is that they are actually thriving on reserves. You could say that we're bringing Bonte bok. (Sue me, it's an inside joke).
These Scimitar-Horned Oryx are named after the middle-eastern sword, the scimitar. See how their horns curve in much the same way a scimitar does?
I really hope you've enjoyed a look at some of these amazing animals that I'm privileged to be able to share with you. Remember, no matter how far from Africa you are, there are always opportunities to help conserve and protect endangered species in your area. Guys and girls, it's so important to help protect threatened animals: like Dino-Land here at Animal Kingdom reminds us, extinction is forever.