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Rainforest

Tree ferns and other jungle plants in the rain forest belt belie the fact that glaciers lie just two miles farther up the mountain.

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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.

   

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