The Congolese rainforest is located in central Africa. It is the second largest rainforest in the world. The wet, hot, and humid conditions of the rainforest create a unique biodiversity in which many animals, birds, and insects flourish. Numerous exotic and endangered species can be found in the Republic of the Congo.
The Congo Clawless Otter
is one of the most unusual and mysterious animals in the Republic of the Congo. It is a rare species, and for that reason scientists do not know much about it. The Congo Clawless Otter eats frogs, eggs, and small vertebrae. Although seldom seen, the Congo Clawless Otter is recognized by its partially webbed feet, and the two distinct black markings that it has between its eyes and nose. These characteristics differ from those of other clawless otters, as they have fully webbed feet and no distinct markings.
The Okapi is also unique to the Republic of the Congo. Okapis are a relative of the giraffe
, but in fact they look more like a zebra due to their striped legs. Okapis are not as tall as giraffes, as they grow only to be about 5 feet high, but both animals are equipped with a prehensile tongue and a shy and timid disposition.
The Bonobo also lives in the Republic of the Congo. Bonobos are great apes. It is believed that the Bonobo has a genetic make-up that most closely resembles the genetics of a human being. Although Bonobos live to be between 50 and 55 years old, they are considered an endangered species. The Bonobos have a matriarchal society, and are said to be pansexual.
The rainforest of the Republic of the Congo provides a colorful backdrop to a host of wild animals and species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.