When drinking mountain water, or while eating wild blueberries, you probably do not think about how these things came about. Actually, a natural ecosystem is usually responsible for the water you drink or food you eat. Ecosystems provide “ecosystem services” that are the main cause of agricultural growth and many other processes that benefit humans.
Before even beginning to discuss ecosystem conservation, clear definitions of an ecosystem need to be explained. An ecosystem is a natural unit of plants, animals, and microorganisms functioning together with all non-living environmental factors. To conserve this delicate balance, it is important to know what part each piece of the natural ecosystem does for all the others.
The tropical rainforest ecosystems are one of the most important ecosystems on earth. There are literally thousands of different species of plants and animals that inhabit the tropical rain forests. Unfortunately, what you know about rain forests may be limited to movies that you have seen, with hundred foot snakes and large tropical plants devouring people in one fell swoop. While there can be dangers in a rain forest environment, what you see in a movie theater is not always what is real.