The central region of Africa exhibits one of the continent’s best known characteristics: the sanctuary of a large diversity of wildlife. The region features an array of natural landscapes west of the East African Rift Valley —from the largest grass and shrub savannas to the oldest and most diverse forest reserves each one a significant habitat to a host of flora and fauna it supports and protects.Currently, five of the region’s natural heritage sites are in danger due to mismanagement resulting in rapid forest denudation and destruction of wildlife habitat. All five sites can be found in the Democratic Republic of Congo at the heart of the Congo river basin. The Republic’s dense rainforests and savannas are home to internationally threatened species; among them are the white rhinoceros, the lowland gorillas, the dwarf chimpanzee, the Congo peacock, the forest elephant and the slender-snouted crocodile.
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