Endangered Species In The Rainforest
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Rainforests have one of the riches ecosystems in the world. The trees are home to a wide array of animals and birds. The sheer variety of species and genera has captured the imagination of wildlife enthusiasts. Sadly, humans are rapidly destroying large areas of these forests. The trees are indiscriminately burnt for fuel, chopped for wood and in some cases, the trees are burnt for growing other cereal crops.
The rainforests provide abundant rainfall. Deforestation has already led to massive climatic changes in the region causing floods, famines and droughts. The animals living in the region are directly affected in the process. Trees form their main source of food. They also build their nest and take shelter in different trees. Numerous species of insects depend on the flowers’ nectar for survival.
The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has listed several animals under the endangered list. They are further classified as:
Gorillas fall under the critically endangered category. This means these species can go extinct anytime. These animals are mainly found clinging onto trees. A destruction of trees automatically means these animals do not have food or shelter. Eighty percent of the population is extinct and a meager 20 percent can disappear forever in the near future if steps are not taken to save these lovely animals. The jaguars have beautifully imprinted skin. They are killed for this very purpose. They fall under the “near threatened” species category.
Toucans and Harpy Eagles are also endangered. The toucans are largely hunted and sold as pets in illegal markets. Harpy Eagles on the other hand cannot survive without trees. This has caused dwindling of these birds at a rapid rate.
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