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So what is Biodiversity, anyway?

Can you describe this elephant?
 

Biodiversity is the living part of the environment. It encompasses both organisms and the interactions between organisms. You can't just look at one species without thinking about the whole environment.

Do you know the story about the blindfolded man who tried to describe an elephant just by feeling its trunk? Of course, he couldn't do it without knowing about its legs, body, tail, and ears. The environment is like that: everything is interconnected, and to understand how it works, you have to consider everything in it.