per cent of the total geographic area of the country. But the percentage of
very dense forest is just 1.56.
* India's biodiversity wealth extends to 80,000 known species of animals and
45,000 species of plants including 15,000 medicinal plants.
* Almost 3,200 wild relatives of agricultural crops and 131 wild relatives of
domesticated animals are found in India.
* India has several endemic species (that are present only in India and not
elsewhere in the world). They include 5,150 plant and 1,837 species. One-
third of all these species are facing the threat of extinction.
* Endemic species like Narcondom hornbill, Andaman teal and Nicobar
megapod will be lost for ever, if immediate conservation measures are not