Brazil and Costa Rica (week 3)
By: Makaylie Montague
What I have learned:
Week three I learned about Brazil and Costa Rica. I have learned about the rainforest and rivers in Brazil and Costa Rica, I have also learned about the devastating couses and effects of deforestation. Most importantly I have learned how I can make a difference in deforestation In Brazil and Costa Rica for the better.
- The Golden Lion Tamarins- They weigh about 1 pound and live in groups around 2-9 monkeys. They eat fruits, lizards and insects and sleep in tree holes. Their habitat is small because they don't have enough land to call home.
- Habitat loss- humans have destroyed over half of the earths rainforest. This is a huge threat to wildlife because they are losing food and places to live.
- Pollution- Oil, gas and human race are polluting places where animals live, the are very sensitive to this cause.
- Introduced species- When new species come to native wildlife they are often harmed. The native animals can't compete with new animals. This can cause extinction.
- Global warming- The water is getting warmer causing coral reefs to die. Many species eat coral reefs and use them for shelter.
- Farms- If they aren't run properly they can cause pollution, they also take valuable land. Farms can be very threatening.
- Hunting and poaching- People kill species for their fur, horns and meat. This causes extinction.
How we can help:
- Zoo safari- Educates kids about endangered animals and species.
- Read + write- Write a paper teaching people ways they can reserve wildlife. Share this paper with people, even your president and government. They have the power to save endangered animals.
- Park-it- People have created wildlife reserves to save animals from pollution. Visit and learn about the endangered species.
- Make a bird feeder- This gives birds a place to eat and communicate.
- Don't trash it- By recycling paper you are saving trees. This helps the species that depend on trees for shelter and food.
- Turn off the lights- This will decrease pollution.
Facts about the rainforest in Brazil:
- 2,124sq. mi.
- 40,000 plants, animals and species
- 1/2 in Brazil
- Largest rainforest in the world
- The rainforest extends into Columbia, Peru and other south African countries.
Facts about the amozon river:
- 7th largest independent river
- Extends through the countries Columbia, Peru and Brazil
- Mouth of the River is in the Olympic ocean
- 4000 miles long
- The basin area is 2.772 million sq. mi.
How kids can make a difference:
- Kids can raise money to support wildlife preserves and organizations.
- People are teaching kids about deforestation so kids can make a difference.
- Some kids have dedicated their birthday to help.
- KSTR is an organization that helps deforestation.
- You can create your own campaign.
- Recycle paper to save trees.
There are a lot of simple ways kids can be apart of making a difference in deforestation.