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Nearly half of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is covered in rich, primary forest, making the rainforest here the largest in all of Africa. But immense human suffering caused by violent political instability places both human and ecological communities in jeopardy. DRC has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to protected areas, one that is undermined by cycles of violence.

Gorilla in forest. Photo by Mike Arney.

DRC's Ecology

DRC is one of the 17 megadiverse nations. Gorilla, bonobo, chimpanzee, and big cats lurk beneath the dense rainforest canopy. Decades of political instability have resulted in the destabilization of human communities that, when desperate, turn to the forest for sustenance. As a result, the hunting of bushmeat continues to threaten DRC’s wildlife, just as illegal mining and deforestation risk denuding the landscapes of its vast and ancient forests.

Half (Mission Achieved)

Ecologically intact & protected landscapes comprise 50% or more of this country.

Can Reach Half

Intact landscapes lacking protected status comprise 50% or more of this country.

Could Be Restored

Between 20-40% of landscapes are still ecologically intact.


Less than 20% of the natural ecology of this area is intact.


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Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. Cal Tjeenk Willink.
Virunga National Park

Africa’s oldest national park and its most biologically diverse protected area, Virunga is home to a quarter of the world’s critically endangered gorillas.

Lone hyena. Photo by Janko Ferlic.
Garamba National Park

The last refuge for the world’s final population of Northern white rhinos, this protected area alone was not enough to save this iconic species.

Preening egret. Photo by David Clode.
Kundalunga National Park

Home to one of Africa’s largest waterfalls, Kundelungu is also home to a great diversity of wildlife, including egrets, pelicans, leopards, and hippos.

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