Rainforest Facts

-An area of a rainforest the size of a football field is being destroyed each second.

-The trees of a tropical rainforest are so densely packed that rain falling on the canopy can take as long as 10 minutes to reach the ground.

-80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world.

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

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

-We are losing Earth's greatest biological treasures just as we are beginning to appreciate their true value. Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth's land surface; now they cover a mere 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years.