10 Interesting Facts About The Amazon Rain Forest

The Amazon rain forest is so big that it covers part of South America. It is also the home to many animals that aren’t found anywhere else. The Amazon rain forest has been featured in many documentaries and shows. The Amazon is one Earth’s most important areas and even though deforestation has affected a large part, it remains as one of the most fascinating due to its plants, animals species and people living there. ToucanHere are ten facts about the Amazon rain forest:

  • The Amazon rain forest is so big that it spreads to nine nations. Brazil, which is home to the 30 percent of the remaining tropical rain forest on Earth, has the biggest part of the Amazon, with 60 percent.
  • Estimates say there are 390 billion individual trees in the Amazon. That’s impressive and even though thousands of square miles have been lost to deforestation in the last few years, it is still the largest rain forest in the world.
  • The Amazon is not only home to plants and animals species, the rain forest is also home to tribes who have no contact with the outside world. Some have made contact with authorities to stop illegal logging but estimates say there are 100 uncontacted tribes.
  • The Amazon rainforest has the largest number of plants and animal species in the world. The rain forest is home to many dangerous animals, including jaguars and electric eels.
  • The Amazon rain forest is so big that if it was a country, it would rank ninth in size. Over half of it is located in Brazil. which is the fifth largest country in the world.
  • The Amazon rain forest produces more than 20 percent of the world’s oxygen. The rest of the world’s rainforests produce another 10-15 percent.
  • The Amazon rain forest has a tropical climate. It is hot and humid throughout the year, with an average temperature of around 80 degrees.
  • Organizations are working to protect endangered animals in the Amazon rain forest. Some of the endangered animals are: the South American Tapir, giant otter and jaguars.
  • Hundreds of new species plants and animals have been discovered recently. In 2009, a new species of monkeys, called Mura’s tamarin, was found in a remote area of the Amazon.
  • Back in 2010, reports surfaced about a man living alone in the rain forest. He is believed to be the last survivor of an uncontacted tribe.

 

 


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