Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of the Congo, previously known as Belgian Congo or Zaire, is Africa’s second largest country, and with that territory come diverse landscapes ranging from volcanoes and marshes to glaciers and forests.1 2 More than half of Africa’s rain forests are located within the DRC, and the country is home to many exotic animals including gorillas, elephants, and leopards.3
In spite of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s wealth of natural resources, it is one of the poorest countries on Earth, and civil war and poaching have negatively impacted its landscapes in some areas.4
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- Geography of Democratic Republic of Congo. Maps of World Travel. Accessed 20 Feb. 2013.
- Congo (DRC). Wildlife Conservation Society. Accessed 20 Feb. 2013.
- Congo. The New York Times. 2 Dec. 2012. Accessed 20 Feb. 2013.