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
Bird Page for Congo
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. (601k)
Rainforest Mboko Lodge
Rainforest near the Mboko Lodge. (866k)
Evening Congo
Evening in the Congo. (567k)
Rapids Congo River Between
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. They make ship traffic impossible. (580k)
Rapids Congo River Between
The rapids in the Congo River between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. (603k)

Flora in the Republic of the Congo

Red Witchweed (Striga asiatica)
Red Witchweed (Striga asiatica). (921k)
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, french: Verveine bleue), an invasive species. (960k)
Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis)
Flower of the Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis, french: Verveine bleue). (772k)
Flower
Flower. (808k)
Bleeding Glory Bower (Clerodendrum thomsoniae)
Bleeding Glory Bower (Clerodendrum thomsoniae, french: Clérodendron grimpant). (904k)
Malabar Melastome (Melastoma malabathricum)
Malabar Melastome (Melastoma malabathricum, german: Indischer Rhododendron, french: Rhododendron de Malabar). (667k)
Bolo Bolo (Clappertonia ficifolia)
Bolo Bolo (Clappertonia ficifolia). (730k)
Orchid
Orchid. (781k)
Leopold's Jasmine (Leptactina leopoldi-secundi)
Leopold's Jasmine (Leptactina leopoldi-secundi). (617k)
Bottle Brush (Syzygium giorgii)
Bottle Brush (Syzygium giorgii). (830k)
African Custard-apple (Annona senegalensis)
African Custard-apple (Annona senegalensis, french: Pomme-cannelle du Sénégal). (895k)
Arrowroot (Marantaceae gen.)
Arrowroot plants (Marantaceae gen., german: Pfeilwurz­gewächse, french: Marantacées). The Marantaceae Forest is the habitat of the Western Lowland Gorilla. (998k)
Congo Berlinia (Berlinia congolensis)
Flower of the Congo Berlinia tree (Berlinia congolensis). (707k)
African Corkwood Tree (Musanga cecropioides)
African Corkwood Tree (Musanga cecropioides, german: Regenschirmbaum, french: Parasolier). (910k)
Toad Tree (Tabernaemontana elegans)
Toad Tree (Tabernaemontana elegans, german: Zierlicher Krötenbaum). (1179k)
Strangler Fig
Strangler Fig. (1102k)
African Elemi (Canarium schweinfurthii)
African Elemi (Canarium schweinfurthii, french: Élémier d'Afrique). (1136k)
Small-leaved Dragon Tree (Dracaena mannii)
Small-leaved Dragon Tree (Dracaena mannii). (946k)
Navel Fruit (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. (1036k)
Ugandan Greenheart (Warburgia ugandensis)
Ugandan Greenheart Tree (Warburgia ugandensis). (1056k)

Fauna in the Republic of the Congo

Safari Ants
Safari ants. (916k)
Matabele Ant (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. (864k)
Communal Spider Web Hundreds
Communal spider web. There are hundreds of spiders in this web. (995k)
Snouted Harvester Termite (Trinervitermes trinervoides)
Mound of Snouted Harvester Termites (Trinervitermes trinervoides). (961k)
Large Termite Mound About
Large termite mound. This was about 5 m (16 ft) high. (815k)
Large Wasp Nest Tree
Large wasp nest in a tree. (766k)
Common Earwig (Forficulinae gen.)
Common Earwig (Forficulinae gen.). (901k)
Jumping Spider (Salticidae gen.)
White Jumping Spider (Salticidae gen., german: Springspinnen, french: Araignées sauteuses). (787k)
Spider (Araneae fam.)
Spider (Araneae fam., german: Webspinnen, french: Araignées). (748k)
Garden Orb Weaver (Argiope sp.)
Garden Orb Weaver (Argiope sp.). (828k)
Huntsman Spider (Barylestis sp.)
Huntsman Spider (Barylestis sp.). (958k)
Robber Fly (Ommatiini gen.)
Robber Fly (Ommatiini gen.). (812k)
Assassin Bug (Harpactorinae gen.)
Third stage nymph of Assassin Bug (Harpactorinae gen.). (820k)
Homoeocerus (Homoeocerus sp.)
Mating Leaf-footed Bugs (Homoeocerus sp.). (834k)
Stink Bug (Eysarcorini gen.)
Mating Orange-bordered Stink Bugs (Eysarcorini gen.). (816k)
Stink Bug (Eysarcorini gen.)
Mating Orange-bordered Stink Bugs (Eysarcorini gen.). (778k)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.). (770k)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.)
Twig Wilters (Coreinae gen.). (811k)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.). (779k)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.)
Twig Wilter (Coreinae gen.). (766k)
Net-winged Beetle (Lycidae gen.)
Net-winged Beetle (Lycidae gen., german: Rotdeckenkäfer). (826k)
Polyspilota (Polyspilota sp.)
Small Praying Mantis (Polyspilota sp.). (877k)
Small Praying Mantis Eating
Small Praying Mantis eating a small grasshopper. (898k)
Polyspilota (Polyspilota sp.)
Small Praying Mantis (Polyspilota sp.) eating a small grasshopper. (851k)
Laccotrephes (Laccotrephes sp.)
Water Scorpion (Laccotrephes sp.). (714k)
Lepidoptera (Lepidoptera fam.)
Butterfly (Lepidoptera fam., german: Schmetterlinge, french: Papillons). (804k)
Lepidoptera (Lepidoptera fam.)
Moth (Lepidoptera fam., german: Schmetterlinge, french: Papillons). (709k)
Katydid (Tettigoniidae gen.)
Katydid (Tettigoniidae gen., german: Laubheuschrecken). (822k)
Cone-head Katydid (Conocephalinae gen.)
Cone-head Katydid (Conocephalinae gen.). (752k)
Green Cicada
Green cicada. (426k)
Giant Burrowing Cricket (Brachytrupes sp.)
Giant Burrowing Cricket (Brachytrupes sp.). (968k)
Bare-bellied Sparklewing (Umma longistigma)
Mating Bare-bellied Sparklewings (Umma longistigma). (569k)
Dragonfly (Anisoptera fam.)
Dragonfly (Anisoptera fam., german: Großlibellen). (861k)
Dragonfly (Anisoptera fam.)
Dragonfly (Anisoptera fam., german: Großlibellen). (670k)
Round-backed Millipede (Juliformia ord.)
Large Round-backed Millipede (Juliformia ord.). (912k)
Banded Leaf-toed Gecko (Hemidactylus coalescens)
Banded Leaf-toed Gecko (Hemidactylus coalescens). (807k)
Speckle-lipped Mabuya (Trachylepis maculilabris)
Speckle-lipped Mabuya (Trachylepis maculilabris). (632k)
Red-headed Rock Agama (Agama agama)
Female Red-headed Rock Agama (Agama agama, german: Siedleragame, french: Agame des colons). (944k)
Red-legged Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium)
Red-legged Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium, german: Rotfüßiges Sonnenhörnchen). (775k)
Red-legged Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium)
Red-legged Sun Squirrel (Heliosciurus rufobrachium, german: Rotfüßiges Sonnenhörnchen), carrying a twig. (715k)
African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata)
African Palm Civet (Nandinia binotata, german: Pardelroller, french: Nandinie). (848k)
Southern Needle-clawed Bushbaby (Euoticus elegantulus)
Southern Needle-clawed Bushbaby (Euoticus elegantulus, german: Südlicher Kielnagelgalago, french: Galago élégant). (839k)
Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans)
Putty-nosed Monkey (Cercopithecus nictitans, german: Große Weißnasenmeer­katze, french: Cercopitèque hocheur). (1091k)
Western Guereza (Colobus guereza occidentalis)
Western Guereza (Colobus guereza occidentalis, german: Mantelaffe, french: Colobe guéréza). (1006k)
Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
Two female Kéwel Bushbucks (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (950k)
Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus)
Male Kéwel Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus, german: Buschbock, french: Guib harnaché). (998k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Herd of African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (717k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Bachelor group of male African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (785k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
African Forest Buffalo with baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (936k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
African Forest Buffalo baby (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (913k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Male African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (771k)
African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Close-up of African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (1111k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
African Forest Elephant family (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (984k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Female African Forest Elephant with baby (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (863k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (1032k)
African Forest Elephant (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. (688k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). Note the fairly straight tusks with the pinkish hue. (818k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (809k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Close-up of an African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (933k)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Close-up of a feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (856k)
African Forest Elephant Drinking
African Forest Elephant drinking from the river. (837k)
Nighttime Elephant Encounter
Nighttime elephant encounter. (502k)

Video clips

African Forest Buffalo (Syncerus caffer nanus)
Stampeding African Forest Buffaloes (Syncerus caffer nanus, german: Rotbüffel, french: Buffle nain). (131.5M)
African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis)
Feeding African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis, german: Waldelefant, french: Éléphant de forêt d'Afrique). (211M)
African Forest Elephant (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.

Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest), in the middle is the silverback Neptuno. (968k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (997k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (963k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (959k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (984k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (964k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (928k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
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). (954k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla silverback Neptuno (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (923k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Western Lowland Gorilla silverback Neptuno (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (895k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Female Western Lowland Gorilla with baby (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (950k)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Young Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest) in a tree. (989k)
Baby Gorilla Climbing Tree
Baby gorilla climbing a tree. (948k)
Baby Gorilla Climbing Tree
Baby gorilla climbing a tree. (938k)
Young Gorilla Climbing Tree
Young gorilla climbing a tree. (974k)
Gorilla Eating Fruit Tree
Gorilla eating fruit in a tree. (907k)
Gorillas Eating Fruit Tree
Gorillas eating fruit in a tree. (888k)

Video Clips of the Gorillas

Gorilla Climbing Tree
Gorilla climbing a tree. (150.3M)
Gorilla Feeding Tree
Gorilla feeding in a tree. (147.2M)
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
Feeding Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla, german: Westlicher Flachlandgorilla, french: Gorille des plaines de l’Ouest). (164M)
Western Lowland Gorilla (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)

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