Although the African continent is home to many species of exotic
animals and plants, decades of logging,
sport hunting, poaching,
civil wars, pollution, and other human interferences have taken
their toll on the wildlife. African and foreign countries looking
for oil, diamonds, and other resources have destroyed both animals
and their habitats.
The destruction of the rain
forest will not only kill thousands of different species, it will also disrupt
the earth's atmospherea disaster for both these life forms and humankind.
The plants the rainforest contains are used for both food and medicine; the plants
also absorb a great deal of solar energy. If they are destroyed, the earth may
experience global warming which will alter fragile ecosystems.
One of the main causes of the rapid destruction of the rainforest is that people
clear land to make room for housing and farming. Nations also also allow the logging
of the forests, since the sale of timber can provide revenue
that can help finance schools and hospitals. Scientists and activists around the
globe are working to conserve the African rainforest. To learn about how you can
help, please visit the resources