According to the WWF report "Below The Canopy", there are fewer and fewer forest animals around the world. According to the study, the number of forest animals has dropped by as much as 53 percent since 1970. Amphibians such as frogs, but also mammals such as monkeys and forest elephants are particularly affected by this development.
The WWF study looked at data from 268 vertebrate species and 455 populations. It is the first of its kind that is specifically dedicated to the worldwide animal population in forests.
The reason given by WWF is that animals lose their habitat as a result of deforestation and conversion of forests. That is exactly what is responsible for the collapse of the forest animal population.
The fact that the number of forest animals remains high is also important for the tree population. Dr. Susanne Winter, Program Manager Forest at WWF Germany, explains in a press release: "The vast majority of all land animals live in forests and are dependent on them. But this dependency is mutual: Forests depend on an intact animal world, which fulfills vital functions for them , such as pollinating and spreading tree seeds. Without animals, the ability of the forests to store carbon also decreases. Especially the tree species that are important for climate protection are at risk of being lost without animals. "