Animals of the Amazon
No other place on Earth showcases the diversity of life like the Amazon.
It is home to one in ten of all the known animals on earth and contains the largest river basin on the planet.
The Amazon is a vast region that spans across eight rapidly developing countries in South America: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
It is home to at least 10% of the world’s known biodiversity, including endemic and endangered flora and fauna. The Amazon River flows for more than 6,600 km
There is a clear link between the health of the Amazon and the health of the planet. The rainforests, which contain 90-140 billion metric tons of carbon, help stabilize local and global climate.
Why is it important?
9% (2.7 million) of the Amazon’s population is still made up of indigenous people – 350 different ethnic groups, more than 60 of which still remain largely isolated.
Culture of the Amazon
The very wet hydrological cycle that kept the rainforest thriving for millennia is under threat, with the biome enduring greater stress & instability due to worsening deforestation and escalating climate change.
They sleep for 15-20 hours a day and are great swimmers thanks to their long arms.
Giant river otters are also known as river wolves. Like wolves,they live in large, complex social groups of extended family members of up to 20 individuals.
Giant river otters
These tree-dwelling monkeys are mostly shy creatures and they are very quiet but they do sometimes squeak and will shriek loudly if they are in danger.
There is still so much to find out about this stunning region and its variety of animals.
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