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September 13 2013

An unprecedented threat to Peruís cloud forests


Peruís cloud forests are some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world.

A profusion of tree and plant species as well as one third of Peruís mammal, bird and frog species make their home in these perennially wet regions, located along the eastern slopes of the Andes Mountains. The high elevation (6,500-11,000 feet), and remote location of these areas makes them some of the hardest to reach and therefore hardest to study ecosystems in the world. To date, scientists only believe a fraction of cloud forest tree and plant species have been discovered.

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