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|Fauna - Problems for the
|With recent development in the
Amazon Basin region, many animals have been left without homes. Some have found it hard to
survive while others have gone extinct. One of the major problems in the Amazon region is
deforestation. Loggers, companies, and other interests are taking down trees to make
lumber, farms and cattle ranches. By doing so, they are destroying forests in which
thousands of animals used to flourish. Also, as cities begin to grow, the forest are one
place they can almost endlessly expand into. There aren't too many physical boundaries
restricting people from expanding further and futher into the Amazon.
Also due to the advent of large cities such as Belem and Manaus in the upper Amazon Basin,
companies and big business have arrived. Many companies have set up factories, mines,
rubber tapping from rubber trees, and large scale fishing. Although they employ many
people, they are also destroying the Amazon. They are expanding into areas untouched by
humans before. Pollution from these large scale operation is hurting animals who call the
Another big problem is poachers. Poachers kill animals for certain parts of their bodies.
In the Amazon, jaguars and other wild cats are now listed as endangered species because
poachers, in the past, hunted these wild cats for their skins. Other animals hunted
include otters, pink dolphins (pink dolphin skin is pink and prized among many poachers),
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