Illustration of a black okapi centaur with a hornbill friend. The okapi was also known as the African Unicorn.

Personal work: The African Unicorn

In 1890 stories of a mythical being looking as a cross between giraffe, zebra and a donkey reached Britain, the stories were dismissed as mere fantasy like the tales of the centaur, but in 1901 Sir Harry Johnston set out to find this creature of so called legend. He successfully obtained a skin and skulls from an okapi and thus proved the creature’s existence, the animal was named Okapi Johnsoni after the explorer and thus the legend of the African Unicorn was put to rest.

Little did Mr. Johnston know the mythical being still wandered the Savannah.

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Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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