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Five hotbeds of biodiversity

Here are five flora- and fauna-rich ecologies that Conservation International, a nonprofit organization in Arlington, Va., says are more than 70 percent intact.

- Leigh Montgomery & Emily PowersMonitor Library

2. Congo Basin

Second only to the Amazon in terms of area, the Congo Basin is home to biologically important species from large mammals - antelopes, elephants, and most famously, gorillas - as well as human communities and old growth forests.  With a reach across seven African nations, it is only 11% protected - largely through national parks.

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