Tropical Rain Forest
Facts about the Congo Basin
The Congo Basin is a tropical rain forest in Central Africa. This rain forest stretches across 6 countries. The Congo Basin is considered the Green heart of Africa. In the Congo Basin, there are about 10,000 species of tropical plants and 30% is unique to the region. Many elephants,bonobos,chimpanzees, and lowland and mountain gorillas live here in this forest. 400 of the species are mammals,1000 are birds and 700 are fish. Not only is the Congo Basin home to animals but humans live here. The Congo Basin provides fresh food,fresh water and shelter for over 76 million people. On each leaf, there is drops of rain to help people determine that it is a rain forest.
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These little species are apes found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo Basin. These are endangered and they have a high risk of becoming extinct. Their extinction is going to happen down the line about 75 years into the future. There are about 50 to 75 thousand of them left.
These elephants are considered Forest elephants. They are considered forest elephants because they live in the forest. There is a large number of these in the Congo Basin. These forest elephants are told to be smaller than Savannah elephants. These elephants are found the most in areas with relatively large areas of dense forest.
As said in the name, Mountain Gorillas live in high mountains in the Congo basin. They are found more on the east side. They live as high as 8,000 to 13,000 feet high in the mountains. With humans moving into their territory, the gorillas had to move higher and higher into the mountains. This caused the gorillas to die and this was dangerous for them. In 1989, the population grew from 620 to 786.