Image for CongoNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Episode 3 of 6

Duration: 1 hour

The very heart of Africa is covered in dense tropical rainforest. The animals that live here find the most ingenious ways to carve out their space in a claustrophobic landscape. Danger lurks in every shadow, but some animals thrive here, from honey-stealing chimps to birds with a lineage as old as the dinosaurs, thundering elephants and kick-boxing frogs. Here in the Congo, no matter how tough the competition, you must stand up and fight for yourself and your patch.

  • Bioluminescence: lighting up the natural world

    Chimpanzee fire

    A luminous fungus that illuminates the forest floor has been filmed for the first time, but why does nature put on this light show?


    Read the BBC Nature article 


David Attenborough
David Attenborough
Executive Producer
Michael Gunton
Series Producer
James Honeyborne
Verity White


Get involved @BBCNature


Get the latest updates and discussions with BBC Nature.

Buy online

Available on: DVD, Blu-ray or Video download

From suppliers including: Amazon, BBC Shop, iTunes

Where to buy

Africa: Congo Q&A

The production team from David Attenborough's Africa series answer your Twitter and Facebook questions about Congo, episode three. The Q&A will start at 9pm tonight.

  • 16 Jan 2013 17:06:36

    A taster from tonight's show

  • 16 Jan 2013 19:34:08

    Someone's excited...

  • 16 Jan 2013 21:04:13

    So many behaviours

  • 16 Jan 2013 21:15:22

    Africa in all its glory

See more live updates

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss