More than 50% of the entire animal population lives in the Amazon, with more still waiting to be discovered. From the small Leafcutter ant to the ferocious Jaguar, the Amazon is home to a wide variety of creatures, many of which are in danger of extinction. Animals like the rare Golden Lion Tamarin have less than a thousand in their wildlife population. Not only are the animals rare, but they are also exotic and look like they are from a completely different planet. The Tapir for example, has the snout of an elephant and the hooves of a rhinoceros. The Kinkajou looks like a mix of a cat and a monkey, and the Three-Toed sloth looks like… Well, it looks like a sloth!
Most, if not all, of the animals are in terrible danger, and are forced to relocate every day due to poaching and the destruction of their habitat. Although zoos and other conservation programs are trying to save as many of these animals as they can, it could prove to be too little too late. The animals adapted to their environment hundreds of years ago, and have remained undisturbed by man ever since. Some creatures like the Pink Dolphin have remained in the Amazonian waters for years. Deforestation has forced them to move deeper into the rivers and into other territories, upsetting the ecosystem and throwing everything off balance.