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The rainforest is home to all our favorite animals. Did you know? 6% of the earth's surface is covered by rainforest, yet it is home to half the species of animals and plants in the world - wow! So amazed by the rainforest.

The thought that the rainforest provides us (humans) with fresh water to drink and absorbs carbon dioxide among other things brings the point closer home. Amazon in South America is the largest rainforest in the world followed by Congo basin in Africa and Indonesia Archipelago in South East Asia

World Rainforest Day is celebrated today (22nd June) all around the world to raise awareness and encourage action to protect the world’s rainforests.


Amazing rainforest animals

We picked 10 lovely rainforest animals to feature in this blog, but there are so many of them. We wish we could capture all of them here but we'll save them for future blogs.


Jaguars

Jaguars thrive in the rainforests as well as in drier regions. Don’t we just love the beautiful spotted coat? The broken rosettes enable the jaguar to hide in bushes, grasses and trees (camouflage). Brazil is the best place to see a jaguar, make sure to visit during the dry season.

Why need to protect the rainforest
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Sloths

Sloths spend their lives in the tropical rainforests. They are known as sluggish tree dwellers hence they feed on buds, leaves and twigs. They are also known for their low metabolic rate - Digestion would take days compared to other animals.

How much do you know about the rainforest animals?

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Poison Dart frogs

Most brightly coloured frogs in the world. Their coloring serves as a warning to their predators that their skin is poisonous. Research shows that the poison in their skin is able to kill up to 10 grown men. Poison Dart Frogs are found in the wet, tropical forests.

Rainforest animals you should know of.

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Orangutans

They spend most part of their lives on trees. They use leaves as umbrellas and shelter to protect them from the rain. They are also known for building comfy nets to sleep in using branches and sticks. We can only say comfort is key.

Are rainforest animals endangered?

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Macaws

They can be found in canopy and emergent layers of the rainforest. They eat berries, nuts, leaves and seeds. It has a strong, hooked beak great for breaking nuts and seeds. Sadly, they are in the endangered species lists due to destruction of the rainforests and being captured as pets.

How to protect the rainforest and its inhabitants

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Asian Elephants

They are the largest land mammals in the Asian continent. They inhibit the dry, wet forests and grasslands. They feed on grass, tree barks, roots, leaves and small stems. The Asian elephants are under threat of habitat loss due to increase of human population and forests being converted for agricultural uses.

How to protect the rainforest animals?

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Sun bears

They are the smallest of the bear species. Sun bears are known for extracting honey from bee nests thanks to their lengthy tongue. They are omnivorous, they feed on berries, roots and fruits as well as insects, small birds and lizards. They are the most vulnerable bear species under threat of habitat destruction and poaching.

How lockdown has affected the rainforest

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Blue Morphos Butterfly

Meet the largest butterflies in the world. The underside of the morphos butterfly is dull brown with eye spots providing camouflage from predators. The blue morphos butterfly diet changes throughout each stage of its lifecycle. Deforestation and habitat fragmentation is a threat to their existence.

How lockdown has affected the rainforest animals?

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Gorillas

Did you know? Gorillas are the largest living primates on earth! They live in the tropical forests of Africa. Some gorillas have learnt sign language as a way to communicate with humans. They are critically threatened although they face different threats from hunting pressure for meat to disturbance by human activities in the forest and exploitation of mineral resources.

Why the rainforest animals?

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Tigers

Meet the biggest cats in the world. They can be recognized by the dark vertical stripes and reddish/orange fur. Tigers survive in tropical rainforests and savannah. They are carnivorous animals that prey on large animals like buffalos, moose, goats, pigs among others. Clubs learn to hunt at 6 months old but stay with their mothers until 18 months. Tigers, unlike other cats, are known to be great swimmers.

Why do we need to protect the rainforest?

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Effects of Lockdown

Are you asking yourself this question; how has lockdown affected the rainforest? The lockdown has impacted the rainforest both positively and negatively.

Positively in that the rainforest and the environment itself have been able to breathe and thrive with more animals being seen roaming around in cities with no human presence. Also, less traffic on the roads and less pollution has resulted in the clear blue skies.


Negatively, it has been reported that deforestation, poaching, animal trafficking, illegal logging and mining has gone up in the rainforests and this is mainly in the rural areas.

Governments have shifted their focus on health matters and most forest and animal projects have been put to bay ; more communities in the rural areas have resorted to the rainforest for food and income due to economic pressures.

Illegal groups and opportunists have also taken advantage of the current situation and are . This is disturbing to think of and imagine. As you reflect and digest this - Here are small ways you can do to bring about change. 


Here are five easiest ways to ACT today

  1. Learn about the rainforest; take some time to learn more about the rainforest. We are glad you are here learning with us, this is a great step already.
  2. Eat a meat free meal today, for a week, for a month, for a year - cattle farming contributes to deforestation.
  3. Donate! Donate! - Contribute to organizations that protect the rainforests, every dollar donated goes a long way.
  4. Shop for rainforest friendly products - palm oil is a versatile oil used in cosmetic products, cleaning and food items. Deforestation of rainforest in South East Asia has doubled in the last 10 years to accommodate the demand for palm oil.
  5. Spread the word - share your thoughts and love for the rainforest today with your contacts and/ on social media to let others know.

She loves Blooms brooches

Most of our brooches are inspired by the rainforest. In the recent past, we have created animal brooches that  spark conversations on rainforest and its inhabitants featuring the Sun Bear, Slow Loris, Raffles banded Langur, Leopard cat, Elephant and Pangolin as brooches. 


We would also love to hear from you, please share your comments and thoughts on the blog below.


Until next time, Happy reading!

June 15, 2021 5 min read


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