Species of the Congo Basin

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African elephant In silhouette against the sunset. With up to 40,000 elephants, the TRIDOM Landscape is home to Africa’s largest forest elephant population.
© Martin Harvey / WWF

FOREST ELEPHANTS

  • STATUS

    Vulnerable

  • HEIGHT

    8-10 feet

  • WEIGHT

    2-5 tons

  • HABITATS

    dense tropical forests

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Western lowland gorillas serve an important reproductive function within the forest ecosystem, allowing the dispersal and germination of seeds from the numerous fruit trees they consume. Dzanga-Sangha, Central African Republic.
© Chloe Cipolletta

WESTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS

  • STATUS

    Critically Endangered
  • HEIGHT

    4 to 5 ½ feet when standing on two feet

  • WEIGHT

    up to 440 pounds

  • HABITATS

    dense tropical forests

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Eastern lowland gorilla
© Peter Howard

EASTERN LOWLAND GORILLAS

 
  • STATUS
    Endangered
  • HEIGHT

    4 to 5 ½ feet tall when standing on two feet

  • WEIGHT

    up to 440 pounds

  • HABITATS

    dense tropical forests

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This photo take on June 17, 2012, shows an infant mountain gorillas at the Virunga National Park
© AFP Photo/Aude Genet

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS

 

  • STATUS
    Critically Endangered
  • HEIGHT

    4 to 5 ½ feet when standing on two feet

  • WEIGHT

    2-5 tons

  • HABITATS

    Mountain forests

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Bonobo resting in tree (Pan paniscus) Kinshasa sanctuary, Congo
© naturepl.com/Karl Ammann / WWF

BONOBOS

  • STATUS

    Endangered

  • HEIGHT

    28 to 35 inches

  • WEIGHT

    68 to 86 pounds

  • HABITATS

    Humid forests South of the Congo River