The Amazing Amazon

Lungs of the Planet

Where is it and why is it so important?

The Amazon rainforest is located in South America. It covers over 2 million square miles of land. Brazil has 60%, Peru has 13%, and Colombia has 10%. The Amazon is the world's largest tropical rainforest, containing the Earth's greatest biological reservoir - around 30% of all species are found there; there are more than 50,000 species of plants, 1,700 species of birds and between 500 and 700 different types each of amphibians, mammals and reptiles.

Our Jungle Inhabitants


Rainforest Destruction Increases Global Warming; every year, 15 million acres of tropical forests are cleared. At that pace, almost all the world's rainforests will be lost in 50 years. It is estimated that 137 species of plants and animals are wiped out every day!

What is being Done to Protect the Rainforest?

Forests can be managed effectively without endangering rare species of plants and animals and without risking global environmental damage. Companies that harvest timber should not be allowed to "clear cut" large areas of forest and should be required to plant new trees after they cut old trees down. Governments should create large parks and reserves where hunting and logging are not allowed. As a world community, we must be careful not to destroy the resources that people will need in the future.

Jungle Plant Life

Janalee Caldwell, Rainforest Ecologist

Janalee Caldwell is a biologist and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. She studies poison frogs and other amphibians in the Amazon rainforest to learn how they live and interact with other species in this intensely competitive world

Weston Church

VPS Earth Science


Myers, 4th Period