Preventing the Extinction of Species

Sri Lanka is home to about 900 species of vertebrates, about 960 species groups of invertebrates (mostly insects), 3,000 species of seed bearing plants and 1,750 species of lower plants. There are many more species to be formally discovered as well. Collectively we call them our biological wealth – the biodiversity of Sri Lanka. This remarkable diversity of animals and plants are found in yet another remarkable 39 major ecosystems, 24 edaphic (soil-related) variants and 30 human made ecosystems such as lowland rainforests, montane cloud forests, savana grasslands, floodplains, swamp forests, sand dunes, tidal mudflats and coral reefs.

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