When civil wars and human conflicts erupt, animals are often caught in the crossfire. That’s what’s happening in Central Africa where political unrest has pushed a few species to the brink of extinction. Since mid- November, the Okapi – a zebra-like kin of the giraffe – has been added to the endangered species list of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). The national symbol of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Okapi has almost been wiped out as a result of the continuing civil war there. And the situation isn’t much better for species in neighboring countries either as our reporter Jürgen Schneider found out. Though the Central African Republic is home to national parks and reserves, they are often not managed properly because of the continuing political chaos. That’s allowed poachers to move in and easily hunt elephants and gorillas.