The Pachamama Alliance regularly makes many references to the unparallelled biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest, but what do we mean when we say that?

Biodiversity is the variation of life forms within a specific ecosystem, and the Amazon rainforest has more variation than any other terrestrial ecosystem on the planet. One in ten known species in the entire world live in the Amazon, which – as discussed on NBC’s recent story on Ecuador’s XI oil round – is exactly why we must protect it.

In the slideshow below, we highlight just a tiny fraction of the magnificent life that exists in the precious Amazon rainforest.

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