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Amazon Rainforest Facts. Macaws Macaws Macaws are large colourful parrots.

Amazon Rainforest Facts

They live high in the trees, feeding on fruit and nuts, which they crack with their powerful bills. Macaws feeding › Black caiman Black caiman Caimans are relatives of crocodiles and alligators. Crocodiles and alligators › Giant otter Giant otter The giant otter grows up to 1.7m (5ft) in length. Giant otter › Toco toucan Toco toucan Toucans are known for their large, colourful beaks, which they use to pick fruit. Toucans › Pacas are expert swimmers. Capybara Capybara The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. Capybara › Green iguana Green iguana Most lizards are meat-eaters, but the iguana eats plants.

What is a reptile? Piranha Piranha Piranhas are meat-eating fish with strong jaws and sharp teeth. Piranhas › Harpy eagle Harpy eagle This powerful eagle preys on monkeys and sloths, grabbing them from the branches with its strong talons. Eagles › Howler monkey Howler monkey These leaf-eating monkeys live in the treetops. Howler monkeys › Rainforest - Reference. Rainforests are forests that get a great deal of rain and have extremely diverse wildlife.

Rainforest - Reference

Rainforests are found in the tropical regions across the Southern Hemisphere, and contain more than 50% of all living species on Earth. Rainforests typically get an average of 1,850mm of rain every year. There are two main types of rainforest habitat, which are the tropical rainforests, and the seasonal rainforests. Tropical rainforests are generally close to the Equator where the climate is warm and the conditions are ideal for plant growth. In fact, the rainforests have a total of 170,000 of the world’s 250,000 known plant species (no less than 68%), according to this infographic about the rainforest.

Due to the fact that rainforests all over the world are being cut down, a great amount of effort is now being put into protecting these indigenous tribes by governments, charities and international organisations. There are different animals and plants inhabiting the different rainforest types. NASA: Earth Observatory. Temperature 20°C to 25°C, must remain warm and frost-free Precipitation 2,000 to 10,000 millimeters of rain per year Vegetation.

NASA: Earth Observatory

Layers of a Rainforest. Tropical rainforest. A tropical rainforest is an ecosystem type that occurs roughly within the latitudes 28 degrees north or south of the equator (in the equatorial zone between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn).

Tropical rainforest

This ecosystem experiences high average temperatures and a significant amount of rainfall. Rainforests can be found in Asia, Australia, Africa, South America, Central America, Mexico and on many of the Pacific, Caribbean, and Indian Ocean islands. Within the World Wildlife Fund's biome classification, tropical rainforests are a type of tropical wet forest (or tropical moist broadleaf forest) and may also be referred to as lowland equatorial evergreen rainforest.[3] Overview[edit] Tropical rainforests can be characterized in two words: hot and wet. Tropical rainforests are among the most threatened ecosystems globally due to large-scale fragmentation as a result of human activity.

History[edit] Tropical rainforests have existed on Earth for hundreds of millions of years. Forest floor[edit] How Rainforests Work" Rainforest Information. Rainforest Concern Facts. For a downloadable booklet of rainforest facts and other materials for use in the classroom, please go to Resources for Schools Tropical rainforests - where and what are they?

Rainforest Concern Facts

Tropical rainforests are found across the world between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer, 22.5° North and 22.5° South of the Equator. Almost half of the remaining tropical rainforest is found in tropical America, a bit more than a third in Asia and Oceania, and fifteen percent in Africa. Tropical rainforests cover approximately 8% of the world’s land surface - an area of approximately 1.2 billion hectares - and yet contain over half of the earth’s species of animals and plants. The largest rainforest, the Amazon, is found in South America and spans nine nations (Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana and Suriname, as well as French Guiana), covering a total area of approximately 600 million hectares.

Rainforest Interactive Tour. Layers of the Rainforest. Rainforest Animals. National Geographic. What is a Rainforest?