The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is located in Central Africa and is the continent’s second largest country. The DRC is a place of vast landscapes, rich cultures and traditions, and inspiring beauty. DRC is home to:
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Despite its great natural wealth, the DRC is still recovering from a five-year civil war that killed an estimated three million people, either directly from the fighting or from malnutrition and disease (BBC News Africa). The war also caused a major economic collapse and the displacement of millions of Congolese. During the war, the national parks and wildlife reserves harboring the country’s unique flora and fauna were looted, infiltrated by poachers and refugees, and, in some cases, overtaken by rebel factions. Ten years later the country’s social/government institutions and economy are still recovering, leaving bonobos, elephants and other wildlife vulnerable to commercial exploitation.