Threats to the Rainforest


It is estimated that about 95,000 square miles of rainforest are lost each year from various forms of deforestation.The rising human population, resulting in increased demands for agriculture and wood products, has directly contributed to the large amount of forest lost each year. This continuing deforestation ultimately leads to habitat fragmentation -- adversely affecting the animals that inhabit the tropics.  In addition, the increasing interest in pet trade has contributed to a major loss of important species.


photo M. Noonan


photo M. Noonan

 

CAC is a program of the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations at Canisius College in Buffalo, NY.