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Animals in the rainforest – unknown biodiversity in danger

A few weeks ago we reported on World Wildlife Day 2021 and the purpose behind it. Here you will find out why it is so important to preserve wildlife.

A few weeks ago we reported on World Wildlife Day 2021 and the purpose behind it. Here you will find out why it is so important to preserve wildlife.


Rainforests, which originally populated a large part of the land area around the equator, now only make up around 7% of the earth's total land area. Nevertheless, over half of all animal species live in these forests - that is, the animals whose existence we still know today. One thing is certain: we don't yet know about numerous animal species and at least as many plants in the rainforest. have not yet been discovered by researchers. 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 relatively constant temperature that never really gets too cold, and therefore a lot of vegetation. For herbivorous animal species it is a land of milk and honey in which they feel very comfortable. And that's why there's plenty of opportunity 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. While zoos are popular, they are definitely not natural environments for wild exotic 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 counteract the loss of forests since the 1990s, in 2019 around 29,100 km2 of rainforest were destroyed in the Brazilian part of the Amazon alone. Irretrievable. The consequences for the flora and fauna as well as 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. Exotic animals sell well in certain circles as “pets” or for arranged hunts. The trade is lucrative, although only a fraction of the poor kidnapped “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 nature is stronger than humans. When we humans have at some point made the earth uninhabitable and becomes 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 OneTreePlanted, we plant a tree for every product in our Shop in a place where it is urgently needed. A lot can be done with little effort - so help us for a better future!

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Would you like to find out more about World Wildlife Day 2021? Then go this way to the Blog.

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