There is lots of wildlife in the Congo, Republic of the. The highlight of course was one of the species of Great Apes, the Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). But the African Forest Elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique) and the African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain) were also impressive.

The African Forest Elephants are a bit smaller than the African Bush Elephants, their tusks are straighter and have a pinkish hue.

Pictures of birds in Congo and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in the Congo
Congo Bird Page
Nature Pages
Other Nature Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Nature in Congo

Mboko Air Termite Mounds
Mboko from the air. There are termite mounds everywhere. (600k)
Rainforest Mboko Lodge
Rainforest near the Mboko Lodge. (835k)
Evening Congo
Evening in the Congo. (565k)
Rapids Congo River Between
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. They make ship traffic impossible. (561k)
Rapids Congo River Between
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. (592k)

Flora in the Republic of the Congo

Striga asiatica
Red Witchweed (Striga asiatica). (885k)
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Blue Snakeweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, french: Verveine bleue), an invasive species. (927k)
Stachytarpheta jamaicensis
Flower of the Blue Snakeweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, french: Verveine bleue). (743k)
Flower
Flower. (798k)
Clerodendrum thomsoniae
Bagflower (Clerodendrum thomsoniae, french: Clérodendron grimpant). (869k)
Melastoma malabathricum
Indian Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum, german: Indischer Rhododendron, french: Rhododendron de Malabar). (646k)
Clappertonia ficifolia
Bolo Bolo (Clappertonia ficifolia). (710k)
Orchid
Orchid. (769k)
Leptactina leopoldi-secundi
Leopold's Jasmine (Leptactina leopoldi-secundi). (601k)
Syzygium giorgii
Bottle Brush (Syzygium giorgii). (817k)
Annona senegalensis
African Custard-apple (Annona senegalensis, french: Pomme-cannelle du Sénégal). (845k)
Marantaceae gen.
Arrowroot plants (Marantaceae gen., german: Pfeilwurzgewächse, french: Marantacées). The Marantaceae Forest is the habitat of the Western Lowland Gorilla. (952k)
Berlinia congolensis
Flower of the Congo Berlinia tree (Berlinia congolensis). (680k)
Musanga cecropioides
African Umbrella Tree (Musanga cecropioides, german: Regenschirmbaum, french: Parasolier). (875k)
Tabernaemontana elegans
Toad Tree (Tabernaemontana elegans, german: Zierlicher Krötenbaum). (1114k)
Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig. (1052k)
Canarium schweinfurthii
African Canarium (Canarium schweinfurthii, french: Élémier d'Afrique). (1065k)
Dracaena mannii
Small-leaved Dragon Tree (Dracaena mannii). (897k)
Omphalocarpum procerum
Navel Fruit Tree (Omphalocarpum procerum, french: Arbre à mamelles). Only elephants can break the hard fruit pods by skewering them with a tusk. This tree is endemic to the Congo basin. (997k)
Warburgia ugandensis
African Greenheart Tree (Warburgia ugandensis). (1022k)

Fauna in the Republic of the Congo

Safari Ants
Safari ants. (875k)
Megaponera analis
Raiding party of Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis, french: Fourmi Matabele). They go out in such a group of a few hundred ants, find a termite mound and break in, kill the termites and carry them back to their colony for food. (854k)
Communal Spider Web Hundreds
Communal spider web. There are hundreds of spiders in this web. (956k)
Trinervitermes trinervoides
Mound of Snouted Termites (Trinervitermes trinervoides). (931k)
Large Termite Mound About
Large termite mound. This was about 5 m (16 ft) high. (799k)
Large Wasp Nest Tree
Large wasp nest in a tree. (724k)
Dermaptera fam.
Earwig (Dermaptera fam., german: Ohrwürmer, french: Dermaptères). (861k)
White Jumping Spider
White jumping spider. (774k)
Spider
Spider. (739k)
Spider Peculiar Web
Spider in a peculiar web. (809k)
Large Spider
Large spider. (929k)
Asilidae gen.
Robber Fly (Asilidae gen., german: Raubfliegen, french: Asilidés). (794k)
Reduviidae gen.
Third stage nymph of Assassin Bug (Reduviidae gen., german: Raubwanzen, french: Réduviidés). (812k)
Reduviidae gen.
Mating Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae gen., german: Raubwanzen, french: Réduviidés). (819k)
Pentatomidae gen.
Mating Orange-bordered Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae gen., german: Baumwanzen). (798k)
Pentatomidae gen.
Mating Orange-bordered Stink Bugs (Pentatomidae gen., german: Baumwanzen). (765k)
Coreidae gen.
Twig Wilter (Coreidae gen., german: Randwanzen). (757k)
Leaf Wilters
Leaf Wilters. (787k)
Leaf Wilter
Leaf Wilter. (767k)
Leaf Wilter
Leaf Wilter. (744k)
Lycidae gen.
Net-winged Beetle (Lycidae gen., german: Rotdeckenkäfer). (818k)
Small Praying Mantis
Small Praying Mantis. (853k)
Small Praying Mantis Eating
Small Praying Mantis eating a small grasshopper. (869k)
Small Praying Mantis Eating
Small Praying Mantis eating a small grasshopper. (829k)
Nepidae gen.
Water Scorpion (Nepidae gen., german: Skorpionswanzen). (698k)
Butterfly
Butterfly. (789k)
Moth
Moth. (699k)
Katydid
Katydid. (808k)
Katydid
Katydid. (742k)
Green Cicada
Green cicada. (445k)
Large King Cricket
Large King Cricket. (944k)
Umma longistigma
Mating Bare-bellied Sparklewings (Umma longistigma). (553k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (847k)
Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata, suborder Anisoptera). (659k)
Large Millipede
Large Millipede. (871k)
Zebra Gecko
Zebra Gecko. (794k)
Lizard
Lizard. (608k)
Agama agama
Female Red-headed Rock Agama (Agama agama, german: Siedleragame, french: Agame des colons). (915k)
Protoxerus stangeri
Forest Giant Squirrel (Protoxerus stangeri, german: Gemeines Ölpalmenhörnchen, french: Grand écureuil de Stanger). (735k)
Protoxerus stangeri
Forest Giant Squirrel (Protoxerus stangeri, german: Gemeines Ölpalmenhörnchen, french: Grand écureuil de Stanger), carrying a twig. (694k)
Poiana richardsonii
Central African Oyan (Poiana richardsonii, german: Zentralafrikanischer Linsang, french: Poyane d'Afrique centrale). (819k)
Euoticus elegantulus
Southern Needle-clawed Bushbaby (Euoticus elegantulus, german: Südlicher Kielnagelgalago, french: Galago élégant). (819k)
Cercopithecus nictitans
Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans, german: Große Weißnasenmeerkatze, french: Cercopitèque hocheur). (1028k)
Colobus guereza occidentalis
Western Guereza (Colobus guereza occidentalis, german: Mantelaffe). (941k)
Tragelaphus scriptus
Two female Kéwel Bushbucks (Tragelaphus scriptus, french: Guib harnaché). (916k)
Tragelaphus scriptus
Male Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, french: Guib harnaché). (960k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
Herd of African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (688k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
Bachelor group of male African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (771k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
African Forest Buffalo with baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (907k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
African Forest Buffalo baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (886k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
Male African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (758k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
Close-up of African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (1036k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
African Forest Elephant family (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (943k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Female African Forest Elephant with baby (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (846k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (990k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Male African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). Note the fairly straight tusks with the pinkish hue. (676k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). Note the fairly straight tusks with the pinkish hue. (789k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (781k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (905k)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Close-up of a feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (831k)
African Forest Elephant Drinking
African Forest Elephant drinking from the river. (817k)
Nighttime Elephant Encounter
Nighttime elephant encounter. (512k)
Syncerus caffer nanus
Stampeding African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (131.5M)
Loxodonta cyclotis
Feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (211M)
Loxodonta cyclotis
African Forest Elephants (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (211.2M)

Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest) in the Republic of the Congo

From the Western Lowland Gorilla entry in Wikipedia:

The Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest) is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla that lives in montane, primary and secondary forests and lowland swamps in central Africa in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. It is the nominate subspecies of the western gorilla, and the smallest of the four gorilla subspecies.

Unfortunately, something was wrong with my camera, so all gorilla pictures are slightly blurry.

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Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest), in the middle is the silverback Neptuno. (921k)
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Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (949k)
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Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (928k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (922k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (935k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (914k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (899k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest) eating the fruit of a Junglesop Tree (Anonidium mannii, french: Bobo). (910k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla silverback Neptuno (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (890k)
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Western Lowland Gorilla silverback Neptuno (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (872k)
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Female Western Lowland Gorilla with baby (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (917k)
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Young Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest) in a tree. (929k)
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Baby gorilla climbing a tree. (907k)
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Baby gorilla climbing a tree. (905k)
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Young gorilla climbing a tree. (928k)
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Gorilla eating fruit in a tree. (896k)
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Gorillas eating fruit in a tree. (855k)

Video Clips of the Gorillas

Gorilla Climbing Tree
Gorilla climbing a tree. (150.3M)
Gorilla Feeding Tree
Gorilla feeding in a tree. (147.2M)
Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Feeding Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (164M)
Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Western Lowland Gorilla family (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (168M)
Gorilla Family
Gorilla family. (41.5M)
Approaching Silverback Gorilla Cut
Approaching silverback gorilla. I cut it short and retreated. (27.9M)

This page contains 104 pictures with 39 species and 9 movies

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