Plush jungle toys are made up of some of the best stuffed animals money can buy; from elephants to giraffes to tigers, to gorillas and lions, there are so many to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. Plush jungle toys are a terrific way to begin a collection of soft toys and/or decorate a playroom or child’s bedroom. Whatever you decide to do with these delightful stuffed animals, your child won’t be disappointed.
The Amazon Jungle, or, as the Brazilians call it, Amazonia, is spread over 8 countries Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, and Suriname – covering 40 percent of the South America continent. It covers a total of 2,700,000 square miles which means it’s the size of 48 United States. Even though the Amazon jungle is the world’s largest rainforest, only about 65 percent of it is actually jungle; the balance of it is made up of open country, grassland, and shrub land which includes rainforests, flooded forests, savannas, seasonal forests, and deciduous forests. In addition to land mass, there is a network of some 50,000 miles of waterways that criss-cross the Amazon, with only about 14,000 of them navigable.
The second longest river in the world after the Nile, is the Amazon River. This river system is really the lifeline of the forest and in terms of the development of its rainforests, its history plays an important part. It has eleven times more volume than the Mississippi and drains an area that is equal to the size of the United States. When it’s high water season, the mouth of the Amazon river can be 300 miles wide with 500 billion feet of cubic water flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Suspended sediment is carried by the Amazon river current (which comes from the Andes) and is what gives the water its muddy appearance.
Native to the Amazon basin are more than 60,000 species of tropical plants which make up one quarter of all the plant species on the earth. In addition, there are 4,000 species of tree that grow there. Reportedly, there are also 14,712 different types of animal life living in the Amazon with 8,000 of them being unique to that part of the planet. There are 300 species of mammal in the Amazon, most of which are made up of rodents and bats. The world’s largest rodent lives there the capaybera which can weigh as much as 200 pounds. Two different species of dolphin can be found living in the Amazon river along with other residents like sloths, anteaters, and armadillos all of which live in the rainforest.
While the selection of plush jungle toys isn’t quite as diverse as the number of animals found living in the Amazon, there is still quite an impressive choice. Whether you choose just one jungle plush toy or opt for several, you won’t be disappointed in their large and lifelike design.
Angeline Hope is a collector of giant plush toy animals. You can view a selection of giant plush toys including plush jungle toys at MyBigPlush.