Fun Facts about El Yunque

1.     There are over 240 species of plants and trees in El Yunque.

2.     The forest contains rare wildlife including the Puerto Rican parrot.

3.     The Puerto Rican parrot is one of the ten most endangered species of birds in the world with only 30 alive in the wild.

4.     It has numerous species of reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects and other wildlife.

5.     Some rare species found there are the Puerto Rican boa, the Peregrine falcon and the Puerto Rican parrot.  The boa can reach the length of 90 inches.

6.     There are 50 species of birds, 11 species of bats, 8 species of lizards and 13 species of coquis.  Puerto Rico’s only native mammal is the bat.

7.     It is the most ancient natural area designated as a reserve in the Western Hemisphere.

8.     It has 28,000 acres of lush, tropical vegetation.

9.     It is the rainiest of all the National Forests.  It rains about four times a day there.

10.It has six rivers, numerous streams and several waterfalls.

11.   No hunting is allowed there.

12.  Landslides are a common event in the rain forest.

13.  El Yunque is in danger of being destroyed.  Too many trees are being cut down and civilization is getting too close.



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