Devastation of the Congo 2
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is found in Africa.
The Congo is near
Angola, Burundi, and Central African Republic.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo
is about one quarter the size of the United States, but the Democratic Republic of the
Congo is not nearly as developed as the United States.
Because the Democratic
Republic of the Congo is so close to the equator the temperature tends to be hot and
The Congo River, which is the second largest river in Africa runs through the
Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The population of the Democratic Republic of the
Congo is roughly 68,700,000, but Kinshasa (the capitol) has about 7.6 million residents
(University of North Carolina School of Medicine, 2009).
Almost half of the population of
the Democratic Republic of the Congo is under the age of 16.
The families that live in
this area began having larger families and because of this the population has continued
The growing population has had an adverse effect on the animals and the rain
forest as well as the Congo River.
Many different animals are found in the Rainforests of the Democratic Republic
of the Congo.
Some of the animals are in danger of becoming endangered species
because of poaching or other unnecessary acts that kill the animals.
Some of the
animals found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are African buffalo, African bush
elephant, African civet, African manatee, African striped weasel, banded mongoose, bili
ape, bwindi gorilla, cheetah, lowland gorilla, free-tailed bat, giraffe, hippopotamus,
hyena, leopard, lion, mountain gorilla, and rhinoceroses.
These animals all rely on each
other in some way or another rather it be for protection or for food.
The smaller animals
rely on some of the larger animals for protection from their predators, and the