5 Reasons To Love The Rainforests

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I've never been to a rainforest region, I've never trekked under the canopy listening to the exotic bird calls or hollowing monkeys, but I know how important they are not only to the animal inhabitants, but to humans all over the world.

This week is World Rainforest Week. A seven-day period meant to shine a light on the value of rainforests all over the world. To help us all understand the value of these amazing places we've compiled 5 reasons to love the rainforests. Are there more than 5 reasons? Sure. But let's be honest, your attention span isn't that long.

Scientists believe there are millions of plant and insect species in rainforests that have yet to be discovered.

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Many tribes in areas such as central Africa and Brazil still live in rainforests, having no contact with the outside world.

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More than 2,000 different species of butterflies are found in the rainforests of South America.

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1 out of 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants.

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Rainforests act as the world's thermostat by regulating temperatures and weather patterns.

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Those are some pretty awesome reasons to love the rainforests, right?  Tell us in the comments your reasons for loving the rain forests.

Happy World Rainforest Week.

 

information gathered from: 

http://www.srl.caltech.edu/personnel/krubal/rainforest/Edit560s6/www/facts.html

http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/earth/rainforests.html

 

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