|magenta: tree loss, courtesy Global Forest Watch|
Obviously the forests provide habitat for a myriad of creatures, as well as a vital carbon sink for Earth. Fortunately nearly 50% of the Amazon is under some form of protection, but enforcing the rules in a such a wild region is difficult and irregular. Recently an expedition to find a "lost" monkey species, the bald-faced Vanzolini saki [photo], last collected in 1936, was rediscovered on the banks of the Rio Eiru near the arc of deforestation. The researchers also fond plenty of evidence of habitat destruction caused by logging and agricultural clearances.
|credit: C. Selby|