rain forest

The Dzanga-Sangha rain forest is alive with the sounds of snakes, chimpanzees, birds, insects, and many exotic creatures. Humans also live in the Dzanga-Sangha. Located in Central Africa near the Equator, the weather here is always warm and rainy. Half of all the elephants in Africa live in this rain forest. In fact, the name "Dzanga" means "village of elephants."

Pronunciation: ZDONG-guh SONG-guh
Size: 1.73 square miles (about 1,107 acres)
Location: northern edge of the Congo Basin in the Central African Republic
Characteristics: home to chimps, gorillas, antelopes, elephants, thousands of bird species, millions of insect species, and many other animal species found nowhere else in the world
Significance: threatened by hunting and mining

Image credits: main image: Laura Friedman; Joel Cracraft: Courtesy of Joel Cracraft.