Top 5 Forests of the World
These incredible forests produce all sorts of food for us to eat, and provide medicines that have healed humans for centuries. In other words, these forests are so cool, which is why so many of us want to explore them when we travel the world. Here’s a look at 5 of the planet’s most remarkable forests.
⦁ Miombo woodlands:
The Miombo woodlands cover over 900,000 square miles in central Africa. They’re home to millions of people, and spread across Angola, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Although the region is dominated by the Miombo tree, there are over 300 other species of trees and 8500+ different types of plants. Much of this vegetation goes towards feeding an amazing array of wildlife, including Giraffes, Rhinos, Elephants, and grazing Antelope. Impressively, much of this massive forest is still intact. But it has recently begun to suffer due to the rise in ranching, agriculture, and charcoal production.
⦁ Congo Basin Forest:
Home to around 40 million people, the largest forest in Africa covers much of the continent’s central region. Countries located within its vast basin include Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Zambia. The diverse array of wildlife species– including Elephants, Chimpanzees, Gorillas, Rhinos, and countless others– are beloved around the world, but increasingly endangered. There are also over 2000 species of orchids that are endemic to the basin.
⦁ Kinubalu National Park:
On the northern part of the island of Borneo, Kinubalu National Park encompasses an area of roughly 300 square miles. Despite being one of the smaller forests on this list, its biodiversity and mix of habitats make it a big deal.
⦁ The Sundarbans:
The world’s biggest mangrove forest, the sundarbans encompasses around 38,000 square miles of land and water straddling the border of Bangladesh and northern India. The forest is named after the sundari tree, the most populous in the area. The forest itself only constitutes about 40% of the area of the Sundarbans: Around 50% of it is water, and the rest is comprised of sand dunes and mudflats.
⦁ Sumatra Rain forest:
Sumatra’s largest rain forest is comprised of three national parks: Gunung Leuser National Park, Kerinci Seblat National Park, and Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park. Together, they are home to nearly 10,000 square miles of UNESCO-protected forest. Sumatra’s rainforests house many rare and endangered species. Noteworthy animals found there include Tigers, Elephants, Orangutans, Clouded Leopards, and quite a few others. Additionally, the beautiful forests of Sumatra are still home to numerous indigenous, nomadic hunter-gatherer tribes. But unfortunately, Sumatra’s Rain forest is also among the world’s most endangered forests. In fact, it represents the most rapidly deforested area in the history of the planet. Some estimates suggest that over half of it has been felled in recent years in the name of creating rubber, paper, and palm oil plantations.