Our planet Earth has been gifted with a wide range of naturally grown trees, plants, flora and fauna and a great amount of biodiversity, which we should be proud of. With the geographical land being so immensely huge on this planet, the area covered by forests in the world is something we cannot even imagine. After water content, forests coverage is probably the next big thing when it comes to preserving and a need to look after. Especially because these large forests are home to a large number of animals and birds, it becomes extremely important and necessary to preserve these forests and do everything to keep them in good maintenance and control. The menace of deforestation has definitely reduced the forest cover by large portions, yet there still exists forests which are enough large in size and cover, and which we need to take care of. Forests are a wonderful creation, which makes the scenery and beauty of our planet worth some praise. Not only because of the beauty, but forests also play an important role in the cycle of nature, which includes the well being of animals, plants and us. So here is a list of the top 10 largest forests which still exists today in the world, and which we ought to know about.
10. Pacific Temperate Rainforest
The Pacific Temperate rainforests is one of the biggest forest reserves in the world. Because there is also an ocean with it, this rainforest is home to a large variety of animals and birds. This rainforest Is known to be very humid as it receives heavy rains during monsoons. The Pacific Temperate rainforests have been delineated by the World Wildlife Fund. Large amounts of timber are also been cut from this forest and sold in the market for money.
9. Sinharaja Forest Reserve
Sinharaja, which basically means Kingdom of Lion is a national park situated in Sri Lanka. In the year 1978, this forest was termed as a World Biosphere Reserve, and is home to quite some number of wild animals such as leopards, elephants, lions and other wild creatures. It was also recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which makes the Sinharaja Forest Reserve important globally and culturally.
8. Kinabalu National Park
The Tama Kinabalu National Park was established in Malaysia in the year 1964 and is Malaysia’s first World Heritage Site. This National Park consists of a large amount and variety of flora and fauna, and is considered home for a large variety of mammals and different animals. This forest is also an important tourist attraction in Malaysia and is considered as an important biological site in the world.
7. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve
The Santa Elena Forest Reserve is specifically known as a Cloud Forest Reserve because of the clouds drifting really low over the whole forest. This forest reserve is extremely beautiful with different types of flower, ferns and mosses on trees, and the clouds covering over them make the scene all the more appreciable and would leave you awe struck. Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve is home to a lot of birds and animals, and the clouds drifting so low provide proper moisture for the plants to grow and nurture in a healthy way.
6. Tongass National Forest
The Tongass National Forest is the biggest national forest in the United States, located in southeastern Alaska. This large forest spreads itself across an area of 17 million acres. One can see and marvel at the beauty of the rare and endangered species and animals, plants and birds, along with the remarkable sight of the peaks of the Coast Mountains and glaciers. The Obama administration had also approved Logging in this forest in the year 2009 because of its prime important as a biolgical site.
5. Monteverade Forest
The Monteverade Forest in Costa Rica is considered as one of the largest forests in the world, located in the city of Monteverade. This forest is home to different kinds of beautiful birds, some of which are actually rare and you don’t get to see them anywhere else in the world. It consists of more than 100 types of mammals and is also a place where you will find large number of hummingbirds.
4. Daintree Rainforest
The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest situated in Australia, and is named after Richard Daintree. The Daintree rainforest also has the Daintree National Park, which is home to some of the earliest and oldest plants on Earth, namely the Psilotopsida and the Lycopsida. This rainforest is one of the largest covering a massive area of about 2600 square kilometers.
3. Valdivian Temperate Rainforest
Various forest conservation groups have been trying to maintain the Valdivian Rainforest which is found in Chile and Argentina. Some of the really rare plants and trees grow here, such as the conifer trees and the Angiosperm trees. The other highlights of this rainforest are the glaciers, ice sheets and a central valley, which make the beauty of this forest pleasing and remarkable.
2. Congo Rainforest
The Congo rainforest located in Central Africa is the second largest forest in the world, and is extremely popular among the masses as it is home to the rare Pygmy Chimpanzee, an endangered species of chimpanzee which is only found here in the Congo rainforest. Because of its massive scale and spread of trees, one would find a large number of animals and wild creatures lurking in this rainforest.
1. Amazon Jungle
The Amazonia or the Amazon Jungle remains the largest rainforest in the world, spread over an area of 1.7 billion acres. This forest is so large in size that is covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America, and spreads throughout a number of South American cities such as Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.