2011 year 8 geography - rainforests - congo & mbuti
Rainforests The Congo & MbutiYear 8 Geography- Topic 1 – Global Environments - 2011
The Congo RainforestThe Congo Rainforest is the second largest area oftropical rainforest in the worldThe Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) wasknown as Zaire up until 1997
The Congo RainforestQuick Facts-The Congo Rainforest covers 47% of the DRC-The Congo River is the 5th longest in the world-The Congo River crosses the equator twice-The Congo River eventually ends up in the AtlanticOcean
Mbuti InitiationTo toughen upthe youngMbuti Boys,they arewhipped on adaily basis.They are only9-12 years oldat initiation
The Congo RainforestThe Mbuti tribe arepygmies which meansthey have an averageheight of less than 150cmThis makes gettingaround the rainforestmuch easier.
The Congo RainforestThe Mbuti tribe refer to the Congo forest as‘father’ or ‘mother’.They acknowledge the rainforest as a sourceof food and shelterThey only hunt when they need to eat or trade
The Congo Rainforest EMERGENTS CANOPY UNDERSTOREY FOREST FLOOR / UNDERGROWTHRemember this picture?The Mbuti people ensure the canopy remains intactso that the sun does not get through and the rain isminimised