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Democratic Republic of Congo

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Mountain gorillas, Congo

Wildlife

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC; formerly Zaire) occupies a vast swathe of land in the centre of the African continent. The same size as Western Europe, the country is home to the mighty Congo River, some of the last remaining unexplored wildernesses on the planet, and a whole slew of primates from chimpanzees and bonobos to lowland and mountain gorillas.