Tropical Rainforests (such as the Amazon) cover only two percent of the world, and yet, contain half the worlds five to ten million species, most of which have never been studied!
We use tropical rainforest products when we read a book, drive a car, drink coffee, or even eat chocolate!
Seventy percent of plants identified as having anti-cancer properties were found in tropical rainforests!
Tropical Rainforests are the oldest and most biologically diverse natural communities on earth.
Tropical Rainforests are home to over 1,000 remaining tribes of indigenous peoples, many of which are close to cultural extinction.
The number of species lost each hour from tropical deforestation is four.
The number of acres of Tropical Forest in the world is 4.4 billion.
The most number of ant species that has been found on a single Amazonian tree is 41.
The estimated number of freshwater fish species in the Amazon Basin is 3,000.
If the Amazonian Leaf-cutter Ants were as big as you were, in the last eight hours, they would have cleared an area as big as Indiana would!
A school of Piranhas could tear a Jaguar to bits as wide as 1 inch by 2 inches in just seconds.
The Giant Otter is almost as big as Caiman (Cay-mun) alligator! That is HUGE!
The Anaconda, which is found in the Amazon, is the largest snake in the world.
There are nine hundred different species of fig trees in the Amazon.
There are also nine hundred different species of wasps in the Amazon; each designed to pollinate a different kind of tree.
There are crabs in the trees of the Amazon! Mostly living in the large pools of collected water of the leaves!
The Hummingbird is the smallest bird; it can fit into the palm of your hand!
The Harpy Eagle is the most powerful bird of prey - its wingspan can be more than twice your height!
The word "Amazons" comes from the Greek words "a" meaning without and "mazos" meaning breast.
The Amazon Rainforest's average temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but varies during different seasons.
The rainfall ranges from 50 to 120 inches.
The Amazon River carries more water than the Mississippi, Nile, Colorado, and the Rio Grande Rivers; put together!
It is very rare to touch a Poisonous Dart Frog and live.
The Indian Pipe flower also known as the "Ghost Flower" gets its nickname from being a very pale whitish color, do from having no chlorophyll.
The jaguar is mostly seen as yellow with black spots, and also is rarely black, is at the top of the food chain, meaning nothing eats it. (It has no predators, besides humans.)
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