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The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Introduction, Geography, The P eople , and Di sappearing W ildlife. The Democratic Republic of the Congo Geography…. It is 1/4 th the size of the USA Has 23 miles of coastline- The Congo River is very Important…why?. Geography.

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The democratic republic of the congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Introduction, Geography, The People, and Disappearing Wildlife


The democratic republic of the congo geography
The Democratic Republic of the CongoGeography…

  • It is 1/4th the size of the USA

  • Has 23 miles of coastline-

  • The Congo River is very Important…why?


Geography
Geography

  • Has one of the Largest Rain forests in the world-Verunga National Park

    • Home to the Okapi

    • MOUNTAIN GORILLA’s

  • Lots of Tropical Savannas and Grasslands

    • Lions, Leopards, Antelope. Zebra, etc!


Mountain gorilla s
Mountain Gorilla’s

  • There are about 750 Mountain Gorillas left on Earth-1/2 are in DRC

  • Weigh up to 425 pounds

  • As tall as 6 feet!

  • Live up to 50 years

  • Vegetarian-the plants supply enough moisture that they almost never need

    water!

  • Eat up to 50 pounds!

  • Males are called

    Silver Backs

  • Live in “Families” of up to 30!


Decline of mountain gorillas
Decline of Mountain Gorillas

  • They are being Poached by Humans

    • Small armies are fighting over resources in the Jungle…

    • Get caught in snares and traps meant for Antelope

    • People steal the babies to sell

    • Diseases from Humans!

    • http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/animals/mammals-animals/apes/gorillas-executed-congo-vin/


What the drc has
What The DRC Has!

MAJOR RESOURCES

WHY IT IS HARD TO GET THEM

Most resources are in the middle of rain forests and hard to reach spots!

Also-Country leaders and small militia’s try and keep the resources and land for themselves…this Causes War!

  • THE RICHEST COUNTRY IN THE WORLD…

  • GOLD

  • OIL

  • DIAMONDS

  • Charcoal

  • http://www.euronews.net/2010/12/09/the-dr-congo-s-child-diamond-miners/


The people
THE PEOPLE

Many different groups of people has led to many different opinions! This has caused a lot of war!

  • 56 Million PEOPLE!

  • 200 Different Ethnic Groups!

  • Official language is French but over 700 local languages are spoken!

  • Average person earns $300-$600 a year!

  • A lot of unemployment


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