There are more species of birds in the Peruvian rainforests than in the entire United States. Whereas,
one small pond in Brazil can contain a larger variety of fish than all of the rivers in Europe combined.
In fact, one bush or shrub in the Amazon rainforest can hold more species of ants than the entire British Isles.
Tropical rainforests also contain over 95% of primates found nowhere else in the world.
Many species found in rainforests are unique to a specific rainforest, or are uniquely indigenous to a specific area of one rainforest.
The biodiversity found in the world’s rainforests is invaluable. Currently, rainforest plants are the basis for many modern day medicines.
The National Cancer Institute has performed research on rainforest plants in order to find plant-based cures for cancer.
Of the 3,000 plants identified as having elements that could potentially cure cancer, 70% are found only in tropical rainforests.
The rainforest is a resource with boundless possibilities but it must be protected in order for us to reap its benefits.