After two years of in-depth study in that area during 2014 and 2015, researchers have found 381 new species in the Amazon rainforest that are at risk.
According to a report from the World Wildlife Fund and the Mamiraua Institute for Sustainable Development, every two days a new species was discovered, so they were able to find 216 unknown plants, 93 fish, 32 amphibians, 20 mammals, 19 reptiles and one bird.
Such discoveries were found in nine South American countries which have rainforest.
It is estimated that there are 8.7 million species, but some experts believe that more than 80 percent of them have not been discovered yet.
Being the Amazon the world’s largest tropical rainforest with the most extensive collection of living species of plants and animals, it was recently discovered that plants and animals might be lost almost as fast as they were found. This is because most of them are at risk due to human activity.
This report, which appears between an environmental dispute over mining and natural conservation in Brazil, stated that there is a possibility that many species become extinct even before science get to identify or study them.
The authors of the report claimed that the research continues in the region for the sake of monitoring and preserving biodiversity. They argued that “The richness of animal and botanical biodiversity in the Amazon is unparalleled,” and moreover “the researchers, scientists, and managers eager for the pursuit of knowledge continue to struggle to discover what is in the Amazon and to protect this immense treasure that exists on the planet.”
Research is still being conducted, quite soon more results are going to be released. Nevertheless, the risk is still out there until a real change comes as regards human activity and its consequences on our planet.