One of the largest rivers in the world, the Congo is home to some of the world's most fascinating creatures. This program follows the 2,900-mile-long river on its journey from its source in Zambia through marshland and rainforests. The shoebill, elephant fish and blind eel are just some of the wildlife in the area some biologists call the cradle of evolution. The river also causes chimpanzees and bonobos, who live on opposite sides of the Congo, to have completely different social systems despite being anatomically similar. Further down the line, where the river flows into the Atlantic Ocean, newborn turtles begin their lifelong battle against the ocean.
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The second largest river on Earth rises as a brook in the north of Zambia and provides a stage for one of the world's biggest mammal migrations.
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Humanity's closest relatives can be found hidden deep inside the dense jungles of the Congo, home to three of Earth's four great ape species.