Our natural world is a complex system. Only by understanding how species relate to each other and their environment can we hope to properly protect wildlife and preserve their habitat for the future. Simply put, biodiversity or ‘biological diversity’ is the variety of life on our planet.
Researchers have estimated that there are between 3 and 30 million species on Earth. Currently, only 1.7 million species have been identified, so the vast majority of species on the planet are not yet known!
In the tropical rainforests of Panama in 1980, scientists discovered 1,200 species of beetles living in and around just 19 trees. 80% of these species were previously unknown to science.
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