Most of Africa's remaining rainforests are found in the Congo river basin on the Atlantic Ocean side of the continent.

The Congo rainforest is famous for its gorillas, chimpanzees, and elephants as well as its native population of forest dwellers known as pygmies.

Rainforests in the Congo are mostly under threat from logging, subsistence activities like small-scale agriculture and firewood collection, and commercial agriculture, including large plantations. Wildlife is endangered from hunting.

Map showing world distribution of rainforests. Click to enlarge.

 

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