10 Things You Never Knew About The Amazon Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest covers the majority of the Amazon basin of South America. It represents over half of the world's remaining rainforests and is comprised of the largest and most biodiverse tract of tropical rainforest in the world.

There are over 2,000 species of animals living in the Amazon Rainforest, according to worldatlas.com. It is the largest rainforest on earth, and is home to 427 mammals, 1,300 birds, 378 reptiles and more than 400 amphibians.[slideshow:90254]

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Some of the most dangerous creatures on the planet live in the Amazon – jaguars, anacondas and bull sharks, just to name a few.

The rainforest also contains a number of edible fruits and a variety of plants, some of which have anti-cancer properties.

Other than its stunning beauty, there are tons of reasons why you should visit the Amazon – sail down the Amazon River, go bird watching, watch the beautiful sunrise, and visit some of the world's most incredible cultural sites.

If the Amazon Rainforest were its own country, it would be the 8th largest on the planet.


10 Things You Never Knew About the Amazon Rainforest


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