Invasive Species - Wild Boar
The wild boar is a species of pig that is native to parts of Northern and Central Europe. This species has been introduced to the Amazon Rainforest recently and has had a very large population increase. After the Wild Boar was introduced to the Amazon, it began to transmit diseases to the native organisms that had not been able to build up an immunity to the disease, therefore wiping out many native species.
Endangered Species - Giant Otter
The giant otter is a species of weasel native to parts of Central America, this otter is indeed giant and measures almost five feet long. These otters were once thrived living in the Tropical Rainforest of the Amazon, but now can only be found in remote areas in South America. The endangerment of the otters is due to hunters whom hunt the otters for their fur, habitat loss due to pollution and human construction sites, and tourists who unintentionally harm the animals by invading their habitat.
The Macaw is a species of bird that is native to South America. Macaws often travel in large flocks and are characterized to be very bright and colorful birds. Macaws have very strong beaks that give them an advantage over other animals living in the Amazon Rainforest, these beaks allow them to crack into seeds and nuts that they can then eat. It is because of these beaks that the Macaw's major food source comes from eating these seeds and nuts.
Poison Dart Frog
The poison dart frog is a species unique to the Amazon Rainforest. This species of frog has many variations in color and despite the name, only three variations are poisonous. The Poison Dart Frog's bright and vibrant appearance helps the frog to ward off predators and attract mates when need be. Its appearance also can help the frog to blend in with the vibrant appearance of the rainforest around in.
Like many other plants living in the Amazon Rainforest, the Cacao plant is not unique in the fact that it thrives in its environment. Although Cacao is most commonly used as a delicacy both in the Amazon Rainforest and around the world, it has many other uses as well. Cacao can help you to harness natural energy as well as keep you alert and focussed throughout the day. The Cacao plant itself has a hard shell exterior that helps it to defend itself against the heavy rainfall the the Amazon receives and potential predators.
Venus Fly Trap
One of the most popular plants located in the Amazon Rainforest is the Venus Fly Trap. The Venus Fly Trap is very unique in the fact that it is a carnivorous plant that uses its sharp teeth-like prongs to trap prey inside. This act makes the venus fly trap unlike the majority of plants that are defensive plants and more of an offensive plant.