In southern Colombia, a group of scientists are conducting research in the Amazon rain forest, hoping to discover new species of plants and animals. It's an exciting, hands-on approach to connecting with nature. The more species they find, the stronger their argument for making at least part of the Amazon rain forest a protected area.
The world's biggest continuous forest is nearly the size of Australia. The Amazon rain forest covers more than 6.7 million square kilometers and stretches across several countries: Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Venezuela as well as French-Guiana. But finding a common approach to protecting the rain forest is both difficult and tedious.