As per the animal conversation data, the estimated population of okapis was nearly 40,000 in the first half of the 20th century. Today, the number has deteriorated to about 10,000 or slightly more. The main reasons for decreasing okapi population are:
» Disturbance in the habitat;
» Illegal mining for resources;
» Deforestation and hunting;
» Highly priced meat of okapi, making it a much sought after animal amongst the local people.