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Okapi Wildlife Reserve
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The Okapi Wildlife Reserve occupies about one-fifth of the Ituri forest in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Congo River basin, of which the reserve and forest are a part, is one of the largest drainage systems in Africa. The reserve contains threatened species of primates and birds and about 5,000 of the estimated 30,000 okapi surviving in the wild. It also has some dramatic scenery, including waterfalls on the Ituri and Epulu rivers. Traditional nomadic Mbuti and Efe hunters inhabit the reserve. This image shows vegetation in the colours of classic false-colour infrared photography: vegetation is shown bright red; rocks and open countryside are green.

The image was taken on 8 March 2002 by the satellite Landsat-7 / ETM+ and has a resolution of 15 metres. It covers an area of 50 by 100 kilometres.

Credit: GLCF/DLR.
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