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Animals in the rainforest – unknown biodiversity in danger

The rainforest. The lungs of the earth and immediately the habitat of an unimaginable diversity of species. Forests around the world are being cleared for various purposes, unhindered. And so its threatened residents disappear with him.

The rainforest. The lungs of the earth and immediately the habitat of an unimaginable diversity of species. Forests around the world are being cleared for various purposes, unhindered. And so its threatened residents disappear with him.

Animals in the rainforest

Rainforests, which originally occupied a large part of the land area around the equator, now only make up 3% or 4% of the earth's total land area. Nevertheless, half of all animal species live here - that is, the animals that we know. One thing is certain: we don't yet know about numerous animal species and at least as many plants in the rainforest! It is therefore impossible to say exactly how great the diversity of species in tropical forests really is. This makes the threat to the rainforest and the loss of large areas all the more serious.

Why do tropical forests provide the perfect habitat for so many animal species?

A question that is easy to answer: in tropical forests there is plenty of water, a more or less constant temperature that never really gets too cold, and accordingly a lot of vegetation. A land of milk and honey for herbivorous animal species in which they thrive. A richly laid table for predators. At the same time, there are so many biological niches in the world's rainforests that numerous animal “specialists” have been able to settle here. For example, insects that only inhabit the bark or branch forks of certain trees. Many animal species are so perfectly tailored to their own niche that they can only survive in the rainforest, perhaps even only in a very specific area of ​​the rainforest.

A perfect ecosystem

Tropical forests are perfectly balanced ecosystems. They are the planet's green lungs and water reservoirs. Their preservation is the only way for the animals living there (and many indigenous peoples) to maintain their natural way of life. Because let’s be honest – zoos are not a “natural” environment for animals. Conversely, the animal world is also important for the continued existence of tropical forests, because the complex biological cycle in the rainforest is dependent on a large number of insects, birds, scavengers and predators. If just one tiny part is missing, the entire device goes into a tailspin.

Endangered tropical wildlife

Due to the deforestation of large areas, ALL animal species living there are affected. We can see in the media how seriously threatened the orangutans are in Sumatra and Borneo, and we know about the decline in the numbers of big cats in South America. The gorillas in Africa – and other primates – are also increasingly being pushed back by deforestation or end up as “bush meat” on the village market.

The destruction continues

Although attempts have been made to stop the loss of forests since the 1990s, in 2019 alone 29.100 square kilometers of rainforest destroyed. Irretrievable. The consequences for the animal world, the flora and the indigenous people of the tropics in Africa, Asia and South America cannot yet be foreseen. Countless plant and animal species that we have not yet gotten to know are disappearing.

In addition, poaching is affecting the species. Animals are hunted as trophies or for their horns and teeth. In some places, exotic animals sell well as “pets” or for arranged hunts. The trade is lucrative, although only a fraction of the poor “passengers” survive the terrible, illegal transport.

Awaken more awareness!

We have to take a closer look. We must realize that everything that is destroyed is irretrievably lost - for us, but even more so for all generations after us. They will have to live without the riches we have squandered, at least as long as they live. Because what many people don't realize is that we're not saving nature. At some point, when humans have made the earth uninhabitable and become extinct, nature will produce new life. Possibly new rainforests. And then they are safe from us!

About NIKIN – and what we do for the forests

We at NIKIN are committed to doing something to ensure that the world's forests continue to provide animals and plants with the habitat they need. That's why we support the work of our partner organization OneTreePlanted. With every purchase from NIKIN you donate a tree! And this is how you help, with minimal resources, to ensure that the rainforest does not disappear completely.

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