Zone 2: Rain Forest
Altitude: roughly 6,000 to 9,200 feet
Drenched by about six and a half feet of rain each year, the rain forest is
dripping, humid, and bursting with life. In the lower forest, sycamore figs and
palms festooned with hanging mosses crowd river gorges, while higher up, huge
camphorwood trees soar as much as 130 feet into the clammy air. The treetops
are alive with blue and colobus monkeys, while a variety of different antelope
species inhabit the forest floor, along with their chief predator, the leopard.
Elephants, buffalo, and giraffes may be seen on the western and northern
slopes, while the occasional lion may saunter through.