DR Congo2018-11-23T19:14:50+00:00

DR Congo is the only country to host all 3 types of African great apes. The bonobo and Eastern Lowland gorilla are endemic to DR Congo. As part of the Congo Basin, DR Congo contains the world’s second largest rainforest. Great apes in DR Congo are threatened by habitat loss – primarily through mining and timber – and illegal hunting, all of which is exacerbated by civil unrest and political instability, particularly in the eastern region.

GREAT APES DISTRIBUTION IN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

KEY STATISTICS

SPECIES

GREAT APE POPULATIONS

  • Eastern chimpanzee: 173,000-248,000
  • Central chimpanzee: unknown
  • Mountain gorilla: 200
  • Eastern Lowland gorilla: 3,800
  • Bonobo: Minimum 15,000-20,000

AREA

2,345,409 km2

THREATS

  • Human encroachment
  • Deforestation
  • Poaching
  • Bushmeat
  • Mining
  • Civil unrest
  • Disease

HUMAN POPULATION

84 million