There is lots of wildlife in the Republic of the Congo. 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
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
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. They make ship traffic impossible. (561k)
Rapids Congo River
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. (592k)

Flora in the Republic of the Congo

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

Fauna in the Republic of the Congo

Safari Ants
Safari ants. (875k)
Raiding Party Matabele
Raiding party of Matabele Ants (Megaponera analis). 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
Communal spider web. There are hundreds of spiders in this web. (956k)
Mound Snouted Termites
Mound of Snouted Termites (Trinervitermes trinervoides). (931k)
Large Termite Mound
Large termite mound. This was about 5 m (16 ft) high. (799k)
Large Wasp Nest
Large wasp nest in a tree. (724k)
Earwig Dermaptera Fam
Earwig (Dermaptera fam., german: Ohrwürmer). (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)
Robber Fly Asilidae
Robber Fly (Asilidae gen., german: Raubfliegen). (794k)
Third Stage Nymph
Third stage nymph of Assassin Bug (Reduviidae gen., german: Raubwanzen). (812k)
Mating Assassin Bugs
Mating Assassin Bugs (Reduviidae gen., german: Raubwanzen). (819k)
Mating Orange-bordered Stinkbugs
mating Orange-bordered Stinkbugs. (798k)
Mating Orange-bordered Stinkbugs
mating Orange-bordered Stinkbugs. (765k)
Twig Wilter Coreidae
Twig Wilter (Coreidae gen., german: Randwanzen). (757k)
Leaf Wilters
Leaf Wilters. (787k)
Leaf Wilter
Leaf Wilter. (767k)
Leaf Wilter
Leaf Wilter. (744k)
Net-winged Beetle Lycidae
Net-winged Beetle (Lycidae gen., german: Rotdeckenkäfer). (818k)
Small Praying Mantis
Small Praying Mantis. (853k)
Small Praying Mantis
Small Praying Mantis eating a small grasshopper. (869k)
Small Praying Mantis
Small Praying Mantis eating a small grasshopper. (829k)
Water Scorpion Nepidae
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)
Mating Bare-bellied Sparklewings
Mating Bare-bellied Sparklewings (Umma longistigma). (553k)
Dragonfly Order Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata (german: Libellen, french: ), suborder Anisoptera (german: Großlibellen, french: )). (847k)
Dragonfly Order Odonata
Dragonfly (Order Odonata (german: Libellen, french: ), suborder Anisoptera (german: Großlibellen, french: )). (659k)
Large Millipede
Large Millipede. (871k)
Zebra Gecko
Zebra Gecko. (794k)
Lizard
Lizard. (608k)
Female Red-headed Rock
Female Red-headed Rock Agama (Agama agama, german: Siedleragame, french: Agame des colons). (915k)
Forest Giant Squirrel
Forest Giant Squirrel (Protoxerus stangeri, german: Gemeines Ölpalmenhörnchen, french: Grand écureuil de Stanger). (735k)
Forest Giant Squirrel
Forest Giant Squirrel (Protoxerus stangeri, german: Gemeines Ölpalmenhörnchen, french: Grand écureuil de Stanger), carrying a twig. (694k)
Central African Oyan
Central African Oyan (Poiana richardsonii, german: Zentralafrikanischer Linsang, french: Poyane d'Afrique centrale). (819k)
Southern Needle-clawed Bushbaby
Southern Needle-clawed Bushbaby (Euoticus elegantulus, german: Südlicher Kielnagelgalago, french: Galago élégant). (819k)
Putty-nosed Monkey Cercopithecus
Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans, german: Große Weißnasenmeerkatze, french: Cercopitèque hocheur). (1028k)
Abyssinian Black-and-white Colobus
Abyssinian Black-and-white Colobus (Colobus guereza, german: Mantelaffe, french: Guéréza du Kilimandjaro). (941k)
Two Female Kéwel
Two female Kéwel Bushbucks (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (916k)
Male Kéwel Bushbuck
Male Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (960k)
Herd African Forest
Herd of African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (688k)
Bachelor Group Male
Bachelor group of male African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (771k)
African Forest Buffalo
African Forest Buffalo with baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (907k)
African Forest Buffalo
African Forest Buffalo baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (886k)
Male African Forest
Male African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (758k)
Close-up African Forest
Close-up of African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (1036k)
African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant family (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (943k)
Female African Forest
Female African Forest Elephant with baby (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (846k)
African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (990k)
Male African Forest
Male African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). Note the fairly straight tusks with the pinkish hue. (676k)
African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). Note the fairly straight tusks with the pinkish hue. (789k)
Close-up African Forest
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (781k)
Close-up African Forest
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (905k)
Close-up Feeding African
Close-up of a feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (831k)
African Forest Elephant
African Forest Elephant drinking from the river. (817k)
Nighttime Elephant Encounter
Nighttime elephant encounter. (512k)
Stampeding African Forest
Stampeding African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (131.5M)
Feeding African Forest
Feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (211M)
African Forest Elephants
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 Bobo Tree (Anonidium mannii). (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)
Feeding Western Lowland
Feeding Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (164M)
Western Lowland 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
Approaching silverback gorilla. I cut it short and retreated. (27.9M)

This page contains 104 pictures with 36 species and 9 movies

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