AGE: 55 million years old
SIZE: 2.1 million square miles, 60% of which lies in Brasil
NATIVE INHABITANTS: About 250,000
LOUD NEIGHBORS: Toucans, the most popular bird in the Amazon, can be heard up to half a mile away!
BREATHE DEEPLY: Dubbed the “Lungs of the Planet” – this rainforest produces more than 20% of the world’s oxygen.
MADE IN THE SHADE: Comprised of 4 layers – the emergent, the canopy, the understory & the forest floor – only 2% of the sun’s rays actually make it to the Amazon's ground.
HELPING HANDS: The goal of The Nature Conservancy in the Amazon is to effectively conserve 140 million acres by 2015!
NOTABLE BEASTS: Anaconda, Electric Eel, Vampire Bat and the Black Caiman
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