Middle Africa

Last Updated: 26 February 2018
Middle Africa stretches along the west coast of Africa just below the bulge. The area is rich in natural diversity, but poor in economic activity with more than forty percent of the people living in poverty.

Straddling the equator large portions of Middle Africa are covered by rain forests. The Congo River which runs through the area bows only to the Amazon as the mightiest river by volume. The forests that surround it are the second largest in the world, again right behind the Amazon, and they comprise a quarter of the world’s equatorial forest.

Middle Africa

Ten thousand species of plant and four hundred animal species live in the area, which is home to elephant, warthog, lions, hippopotamus, mountain gorilla and white rhinoceros. The coast boasts mangrove swamps, estuaries and lagoons that teem with birds and other wildlife.

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