The Congo rainforest is a very special place. It’s home to more than 10,000 kinds of plants. It’s also called the second lung of the world. This rainforest gets a lot of rain all year round. Rainforests are usually near the equator. The Congo rainforest is the second biggest rainforest in the world. It’s in six countries, including Cameroon, but most of it is in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Unfortunately, many parts of this amazing forest are in danger. There are 10,000 different plants here. You can find 400 kinds of mammals, 700 kinds of fish, and 1,000 kinds of birds. There are also many animals like monkeys, chimpanzees, and gorillas. There’s even a strange animal called an okapi, which can eat plants that would make humans sick. And don’t forget about the special cheetahs that like to eat meat.
This forest is home to big cats that eat monkeys and snakes. Some monkeys in the Congo are in danger of disappearing. The Congo has some problems with politics and money, and that makes it hard to take care of this special place. People there rely on wild animal meat because it’s tough to get other food.
Some companies have built roads in the forest, and that’s letting hunters go deeper inside. This is a big problem for the animals who live here. Some people hunt elephants for their ivory tusks, which are worth a lot of money. Because of this, there are fewer and fewer elephants in the forest.
There are even parts of the forest where no one has ever been, and the sun never shines through the tall trees. Some tall trees, like teak trees, are being cut down for their wood, and that’s causing deforestation. Around the forest, 150 different groups of people live. Some of them are called Pygmies.
The forest is in danger because of things people are doing. People are cutting down trees and hurting animals to make money. The forest has many valuable things in it, and some people are taking them without permission. People are poor, so they’re hurting the forest in a bad way.
To save this special place, we need to stop cutting down trees and hurting animals. We need to find a better way to help the people who live near the forest, so they don’t need to harm it. The Congo rainforest is a treasure, and we should do our best to protect it.