A recent report by WWF revealed that a new species of plant or vertebrate is discovered every three days in the Amazon rainforest. The data comes from information collected over the last ten years and offers the stunning revelation that the Amazon is still a vastly unknown territory where a rich and diverse world of plantlife and animals has yet to be discovered. .
According to the report, an impressive 1,200 new species of vertebrates and plants has been discovered during the last decade, including creatures like new types of anacondas and parrots, showing off just how capable the rainforest is of harbouring a stunningly diverse range of life. On top of this, WWF has noted that this figure doesn’t even include the sheer wealth of invertebrate life that has been discovered, with total figures too numerous to list in the report.
Another thing that the findings have brought to light, however, is the crucial need for society to work harder than ever to conserve this incredible habitat for countless different plant and animal species, both undiscovered and known. What’s more, around thirty million humans call this tropical rainforest home, and at the rate that climate change, deforestation and the sapping of the Earth’s natural resources is going, the negative impact of these combined problems is only going to get worse.
When we think of the animal life of the Amazon, images of exotic, beautiful and fantastic creatures come to mind. Unfortunately, the habitat of these creatures is under threat and, even though it has been proven that there is still so much more to be discovered in this precious rainforest, there isn’t enough being done in order to conserve both the rainforest and its inhabitants.
If we want to ensure that new species continue to be discovered – such as the eye-catching fire and water frog that displays a pattern of flames on its head and a water pattern on its legs – then we must keep doing everything we can to prevent further damage to the delicate ecosystem of the Amazon. If you want to help the Amazon rainforest animals, it’s time to find out just how you can do your part – and encourage others to do so too! If everybody pulls their weight and works together, the impact towards helping save the rainforest could be immense – so see what you can do today!