Many animals more readily thrive in a forest environment, but there also those who cannot survive without it. The type of animal that most readily jumps to mind are wild large cats. Without forest they lose their prey base and as humans encroach they often get rid of any threat including the cats. Big animals are truly the most susceptible, as humans get closer to animals and destroy more of their wilderness smaller animals can more readily adapt and are not seen as threats. Large animals on the other hand have no where to go and are frequently seen as troublesome. For instance, there are also some elephants would do pretty bad without a forest as well as some large snakes, like the anaconda.
According to one source I read, more than 50% of living species on the planet live in rainforests. This does not include the dry forests of the world! Specifically, “A four-square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 species of butterflies.” (Citation below)
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