Check out some of the most amazing forests in the world

Forests have an atmosphere of adventure and hidden secrets that encourage many people to not only explore them but also study that lively environment. Others even devote their lives to a forest, as was the case of Brazilian Chico Mendes.

But the environmental and biological areas are only two that are interested in forests. More than that, these environments are also a kind of record of what those regions looked like before the influence of human activities. That alone is reason enough to be preserved, after all these biomes can provide us with a lot of information.

Check out some of the main forests in the world.

1. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

This forest is in such a remote part of the country that many scientists believe it is a refuge for plants and animals considered extinct. Fiordland National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with waterfalls, fjords and many miles of beach.

Fiordland National Park, New Zealand Image Source: Press Release / Wikipedia

2. Redwood National Forest, Northern California

Known for having trees that fit among the largest in the world, this forest was used as the setting for the movie "Return of the Jedi" from the Star Wars series. Unfortunately, 96% of its area is believed to have been devastated: if today it is possible to find sequoias 115 meters high and 8 meters in diameter, it is expected that there were much larger specimens in the past.

Redwood National Forest, located in Northern California Image Source: Press Release / Wikipedia

The marine and terrestrial life of the place is also expressive, with sea lions, bald eagles and the endangered brown pelican.

3. Nube Monteverde Biological Forest Reserve, Costa Rica

The rainforest above is the one with the most orchid species in the world. Not only that, the Nube Montever Biological Forest Reserve is also home to 500 butterfly species, 400 bird types and over 100 different mammals.

Image source: Press Release / Wikipedia

4. Daintree Forest, Australia

With the title of oldest rainforest on the planet, Daintree is over 110 million years old. In addition to incredible scenery and many waterfalls, in its interior inhabit creatures such as kangaroos, platypus and other animals typical of the Australian fauna.

Image source: Reproduction / Wikimedia

5. Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi, Uganda

Just the name of “Impenetrable Forest” would be enough to be on this list, but this preservation area is responsible for guarding one of the world's most incredible endangered species: the mountain gorilla. About 340 specimens of this animal live inside, along with chimpanzees, antelopes, elephants and hundreds of bird and butterfly species.

Image source: Reproduction / Wikipedia

6. Amazon Rainforest, South America

This dispenses with presentation to the Brazilian public and perhaps even to the rest of the world, as it is one of the most famous. To get an idea of ​​how important this forest is, know that it has more species of plants and animals than the rest of the planet. One in ten animals cataloged in the world comes from the Amazon rainforest.

Image source: Reproduction / Wikipedia

7. Jiuzhaigou Valley, China

The valley occupies 72, 000 hectares in the northern part of Sichuan province and has mountains around it reaching a height of up to 4, 800 meters. The landscapes are beautiful and the valley still houses about 140 species of birds, besides the endangered giant panda.

Image source: Reproduction / Wikipedia

8. Olympic National Park, Washington

Just a few hours' drive from Seatle to reach Olympic National Park, which boasts one of the largest temperate forests in the world.

Image Source: Playback / OC Register

This is probably the wettest place in the United States and has a beautiful coastline, with great spots for those who want to swim a little.

* Originally posted on 14/06/2013.


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