What is a Rainforest? These beautiful places cover only 6 % of the Earths surface but yet they have more than 1/2 of the worlds plant and animal species!
A Rainforest is a tall, thick jungle. Thereason it is called a rainforest isbecause of the high amount of rainfallit gets per year. The climate of a rainforest is very hot and stuffy so theanimals and plants that exist theremust learn to adapt to this climate.
Location Rainforests are found in the tropics, the region between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, just above and below the Equator
ClimateIn the tropic zonethe sun is very strongand shines about thesame amount of timeevery day all yearlong, keeping theclimate warm andfairly stable.
FactoidsAN AREA OF THERAINFOREST THE SIZEOF A FOOTBALL FIELDIS BEING DESTROYEDEVERY YEAR. www.freeimages.co.uk GIANT BAMBOO PLANTS CAN GROW UP TO 9 INCHES A DAY. www.freeimages.co.uk
The trees of a tropicalrainforest are so denselypacked that rain fallingabove can take as long as 10minutes to reach theground. www.freeimages.co.uk In the drizzly rainforests of South America, sloths move so slowly that algae www.freeimages.co.uk are able to grow in their fur.
PLANTS www.freeimages.co.ukMore than two thirds of the worlds plant speciesare found in the tropical rainforest. The plantsprovide shelter and food for rainforest animals aswell as taking part in providing some of the worldsoxygen supply.
www.freeimages.co.uk Rainforest plants live in a warm stuffyenvironment that allows a vast variation rare in more temperate climates. The orchids havebeautiful flowers that attract the forest insects.
www.freeimages.co.ukCompetition at ground level for light and foodhas lead to plants that live on the branches ofother plants. Some even strangle large trees tofight for survival.
THESE FIVE PLANTS ALL NEED WATER AND SUNLIGHT TO SURVIVE IN RAINFOREST CONDITIONS. ALL OFTHESE PLANTS ARE VERY COMMONLY FOUND IN THE RAINFOREST.
ANIMALS The features of a parrot includes a strong, curved bill, an straight pose and strong legs. A parrot lives in the tropical rainforest found in many places in the world. www.freeimages.co.ukDuring the day, red-eyed tree frogs mostlysleep, keeping their eyes closed to helpcamouflage themselves. If disturbed, a frogwill quickly reveal his red eyes, startlingthierpredators. www.freeimages.co.uk
A rabbit is a fast moving small herbivore, with big ears, large muscly back legs, large front teeth and a short tail. Their powerful back legs are built for running, jumping, and digging out burrows. They have an excellent sense of smell. www.freeimages.co.ukThe hognose snake is a type ofcultured snake with anstraight up snout. They arewell known for playing deadwhen threatened. www.freeimages.co.uk