Congo Forest

Background

Congo Forest is Africa’s largest forest and the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world covering about 695,000 square miles. This forest covers portions of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo and Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Coordinates: 0°00′N 25°00′E / 0.000°N 25.000°E

Highlights

  • Two thirds of the rainforest is found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where 57% of the countries land area is made up of forest
  • Pygmy chimpanzee

Vegetation

  • African oak
  • Red cedar
  • Mahogany
  • Dense upper canopy

Wild life

Wildlife in Congo Forest include; giant mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, pygmy hippopotamus, antelopes, wild boars, buffalos and white rhino. Crocodiles also live throughout the Congo River and many types of fish; perch, catfish. Snakes species include the cobra, green mambas, puff adders and python survive in the rainforest.

Birds include; eagle, hawk and oil, heron.

Activities in Congo Forest

  • Bird watching
  • Trail walks
  • Camping
  • Congolese depend on the forests for their food and income,
  • Energy
  • Shelter
  • Medicines

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