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Congo Rainforest


Congo Rainforest is located in central Africa. Most part of this rainforest is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This rainforest is very rainy. The average rainfall is a little more than 58 inches per year.

This rainforest has enormous biodiversity significance. It is the only place in the world where all three subspecies of gorillas can be found. These species are the mountain gorilla, lowland gorilla, and the eastern lowland gorilla.


Quick Facts: –

  • Congo Rainforest has vegetation so dense that many parts of it have never been seen by humans.
  • It is the world’s second largest rainforest spanning approximately 1.5 million square miles.
  • It is becoming an increasingly fragile ecosystem due to an increase in commercial logging, clearance of land for agriculture etc.
  • Teak trees are common in the rainforest of the Congo. These trees are in high demand as a source of wood.
  • Central Africa lost 91,000 kilometers squared of rainforest due to deforestation between 1990 and 2000.
  • Bonobos monkeys are the closest relatives to human beings and they are found only in the Congo rainforest.
  • Some parts of the rainforest are so dense that only 1% of the sunlight reaches the ground.
  • The climate of this rainforest is warm and wet with an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit.



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