Sangha Trinational Area
The Sanha Tri-National Area drapes like a verdant jungle vine over Cameroon, the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More than 11 million acres of nearly pristine forest provide homes for forest elephants, western lowland gorillas, gray parrots and a myriad of other species.
The Ba'Aka, an indigenous group, have stewarded the land for centuries and continue to do so with the help of the World Wildlife Fund and other groups. The Ba'Aka now guide tourists to meet a group of gorillas that has grown accustomed to the interlopers.
Not all who visit the forest are friends. Poachers and illegal loggers are a threat to the park, but haven't been as serious a threat as at the Okapi Wildlife Reserve on the other side of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Seven people were recently murdered at the Okapi Reserve and others kidnapped by a band of poachers who wanted access to the Reserve's elephant herds.
ANALYSIS: Poachers Murder 7 at Reserve in the Congo