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Tropical rainforest 

 

 

Forests in the tropics have a rich biodiversity. More than half of all the plants and animals in the world are to be found in the rainforests. More than 3500 species of plants and animals! The constantly high temperatures and the continuously high humidity in the tropics make this biodiversity  possible. The temperature is in most tropical rainforests between 25 and 35 degrees Celsius. 

 

Picture: Princessa Holiday Resort

Photographer: Teddy De Peralta

 

Hornbill

Picture: Hans Brandeis

Threats

 

Unfortunately, the forests are threatened. Worldwide only 20 percent of the original tropical forests is left. The main reasons  are the commercial logging and the cutting of trees by local people, who need plots for agriculture activities. 

Red vented Philippine cockatoo

In 2001 less than 8 % of the country was covered by original tropical rainforest! Less than 100 years ago this was still 70 %! The deforestation has to be stopped to save the biodiversity and the productivity of the forest as a natural resource. If not, there will be no rainforest left within 15 years.

 

Effects of deforestation

 

Not only the typical giant trees will disappear more and more, also more than 3500 species of plants and animals, many of them only found in the Philippines,  will disappear, for always. 

Some of the threatened animals are: 

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the tarsier, the smallest monkey in the world

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the large Philippine Eagle

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the Philippine cockatoo

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flying lemurs

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flower peckers

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the Philippine crocodile

Pictures:

 Philippine Cockatoo:

aviancompanions.com

Philippine eagle:

Philippineagle.org

 

 

  

 

Exploring the tropical rainforest in the Philippines

 

Though much of the rainforest has already been lost, there are still good possibilities to explore the rainforest in the Philippines. The best possibilities to explore tropical rainforest in the Philippines are on the islands Bohol, Mindanao and Palawan. These are the islands where  still a big part of the original jungle is conserved. Several organizations  organize day-trips into the jungle. However, to meet the animals of your choice is  not so easy. Species are often rare and animals are most of the time hiding when they hear strange noise. 

Picture: Harry de Boer

Which animals  you'll meet on your discovery trip in the jungle?

Big chance that you will hear and see birds,  monkeys and insects.  Maybe snakes too! With a good guide you'll be probably lucky not only to hear the animal sounds, but to see the animals too. 

 

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