By Diane Willow
An exhilarating creation to existence within the Amazonian rain woodland.
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Many others will disappear, too. Over half of the creatures in the world make their homes in tropical rain forests. There are so many different kinds of plants and animals that we don’t even know them all yet. People are learning how each kind of plant and animal is needed to keep the rain forest healthy. And, most importantly, we are learning that only people can save the rain forests.
From the stream, the iguana sees brilliant blue morpho butterflies passing by a tapir who usually sleeps all day but has awakened to get a drink of water. The iguana traces the source of a “tweetle tweet” sound to the other edge of the stream. There a capybara grazes like a gigantic guinea pig. It peacefully munches the long grasses and moist water lilies. The iguana is an excellent underwater swimmer so it dives below to swim back to the riverbank. Below the surface, however, the waters are becoming murky.
People are learning how each kind of plant and animal is needed to keep the rain forest healthy. And, most importantly, we are learning that only people can save the rain forests.