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In Central African forests there are low, marshy clearings called "bais". These are visited daily for their nutritious plants and soil’s high mineral content by wildlife such as western lowland gorillas, sitatunga and bongo antelopes, forest buffalos, African grey parrots, and forest elephants. Mbeli Bai in Nouabale-Ndoki National Park sees elephant visitors, but not as much as Dzanga Bai in the forest to its north and west. As a rule, gorillas avoid elephants so you might expect to see at Mbeli Bai, if your luck holds, the foraging families of western lowland gorillas which this bai’s floating aquatic vegetation attracts.