Located in the green heart of Africa, the Congo Basin hosts the world’s second-largest tropical rainforest. Spanning six countries, this mosaic of rivers, forests, savannas and swamps is teeming with life. The Congo Basin is home to species found nowhere else on Earth, such as forest elephants, chimpanzees, gorillas and okapi. Seventy-five million people also call this region home, most famously the BaAka people, who represent an ancient hunter-gatherer lifestyle.
Matthew Lewis, Senior Program Officer for African Species, discusses what makes this region special and how WWF is working to empower local communities to protect their natural resources, collaborate across borders to curb wildlife crime and recover iconic species.
More information about WWF's work in the Congo Basin