Facts About the Amazon Rainforest
- The Amazon Rainforest actually includes 9 countries? 60% of it is found in Brazil, but it is also in Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
- The Amazon represents over half the plane’s remaining rainforests.
- Cutting down or burning the trees in the Amazon (called “deforestation”) threatens the whole planet because the amazon is the source of one fifth of the world’s fresh water!
- At the current rate of deforestation, it is estimated that 55% of the rainforest could be gone by the year 2030. That’s more than half!
- The planet loses 50 species ever day, almost 2 an hour due to tropical deforestation around the world.
- The amazon is home to 1 in 10 of the known species on Earth.
- One in five of all the birds in the world live in the Amazon!