Last week we finished up our study of Central Africa. I can’t believe we only have a few more weeks until we’ve finished our study of Africa. This week we focused mainly on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Hippopotamus.
The DRC is a country that has seen much unrest which continues to this day. We learned about using fishing baskets in the Congo River as well as traveling by barge. Schooling is not required and most students who do get to attend are boys. Did you know that many of the fish found in American fish tanks come from the clear waters of Lake Tanganyika? Lake Tanganyika is bordered by the DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia. We also learned about micro-finance organizations. They make small loans to help people start their own business and gain independence.
While the hippopotamus is a huge animal it is a herbivore that feeds mostly at night in “hippo lawns”. Their main threat is loss of habit and poachers. The pygmy hippo which is smaller and leaves mostly in West Africa is almost extinct.