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The Rainforest
by: Sophie Nemec
What is causing the rainforests of Africa to
disappear? What percent of the rainforests are
already gone?
Logging Companies
are cutting down all of
the trees in the
rainforests of Africa.
 Almost 90% of the
rainforests are
already gone!
What is the name of the tribe that lives in
the rainforest? Describe some of their
• They are called the Baka.
• Some of their customs are that they hunt for elephants,
they are spear hunters (their spears are covered with
poisinous plants), they also go dam fishing.
• The Baka build their homes which are called Mongulus.
Meat is easier to come by in the United States
than in the rain forests. List all the different
animals they get meat from.
 Meat is from Baka Snares- small antelope,
cane rats, and forest buffalo.
4. List and describe four different
 African forest elephants: They weigh between 7000 and 9000
lbs. Their love of fruit and other vegetation makes them a very
efficient means of spreading seeds through out the forest.
They are very like their cousins in the savanna.
 Gorilla: the mountain gorilla is an endangered animal.
Poaching and hunting have devastated the animal’s
populations. Gorillas can grow to be as tall as 5 ft 9in and can
weigh up to 600 lbs. they are vegetarians.
 Okapi: the okapi is kin to the giraffe but looks more like a
donkey. Its neck and legs are far shorter than a giraffe’s. it is a
shy vegetarian and likes to eat fruit and leaves. The okapi
males stand at about 5 ft.
 Pygmy Hippopotamus: the pygmy hippo lives exclusively in
the low lands and wet forests. At 5 ft long and roughly 418lbs
it is the smallest hippo species. It is far less given to spending
time in water and it prefers to spend time alone.
One plant in the rainforest is used widely
throughout the world; in fact you may have some
of it in your house. What is the name of the plant?
Describe it.
• Mahogany. People use
mahogany wood for
furniture, stair cases,
boat building , house
paneling and flooring.
Many people use
mahogany because it is
resistant to termites.
What is the climate like in the rainforest?
Average rainfall? Average temperature?
Temperatures are usually humid. The average
rainfall is between 63 and 79 inches of rainfall
each year. Average temperature is between 80
and 73 degrees.
List the countries that have
rainforests in them.
Burundi, Cameroon,
C.A.R., Cote D’lvorie,
Congo Brazzaville,
Equilateral Guinea,
Gabon, Ghana,
Liberia, Guinea,
Nigeria, Congo
Kinshasa, Rwanda,
Sierra Leone
What is the main reason the
rainforests are being cut down?
Logging companies are cutting down
all of the trees.
The African rainforest grows in the Congo
River basin. What large river runs through
the basin?
 The large river
that runs through
the congo river
basin is the
congo river.
List and describe three types of vegetation
found in the rainforest.
Oil palm: the oil palm accounts for roughly 14% of the
world’s plant oils. It is used for making goods such as
iron plates, lubricating grease, chocolate, soap, and
candles. In the last century oil palm plantations devoured
huge tracts of rainforest.
Mahogany: mahogany is one of the most commercially
popular woods from the rainforest. Its wood is used for
furniture, staircases, boat building, house paneling and
flooring. Its coarser grain makes it resistant to termites.
Rainforest tribes use the bark to treat colds.
Okoume: okoume accounts for 90% of the trees logged in
the rainforest. It produces light weight wood that is used
for plywood and sawn timber. Some believe that
regeneration assures sustainable logging, but others
argue that such a high rate of logging will eventually
destroy the okume in its natural habitat.