Africa’s Congo Basin is the second-largest rainforest in the world. It houses over ten thousand plant species, one thousand bird species, and four hundred mammal species. The United Nations predicts two-thirds of the 1.3-million-square-mile forest may be completely gone; this can occur as soon as 2040. The causes of the rainforest’s demise? Illegal mining, illegal logging, farming, ranching, and guerrilla warfare.