India: Last Rainforest in Sri Lanka needs more protection

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Sinharaja forest is the only undisturbed rain forest left in Sri Lanka. It is about 9000 hectares in extent. Many of the plants are very rare. Over 60% of the tree species are found only in the lowland wet zone of Sri Lanka. n 1988 the Sinharaja was made a national wilderness area. in 1989 UNESCO included the  Sinharaja forest in the world heritage list, as the first national heritage of sri lanka. The Sinharaja forest is home to many rare animals, birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles and trees. Ferns and mosses grow well as the climate is humid because of heavy rainfall.

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Studies have recorded 145 species of birds. Some threatened species of birds are found in the Sinharaja . among them are the blue magpie, the white –headed starling and the ash-headed babbler. Studies have recorded 45 varieties of reptiles. These include snakes, lizards and tortoises.

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The viper and the cobra are among the venomous species. Conservation of Sinharaja is of vital necessity. It ensures the maintenance of water resources. It also controls floods, which is a constant threat due to heavy rainfall in the area.

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