Rainforest Information for Kids
Tropical rainforests are forest ecosystems found in the "tropics", the zone near the Equator, between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. While tropical rainforests are found around the world — Africa, Asia, the Americas, and various islands in between — they share three common traits no matter where they are located: by high levels of rainfall, an enclosed canopy and high diversity of plants and animals. Tropical rainforests have the highest number of species of any ecosystem on land. The largest area of tropical rainforest is in the Amazon Basin in South America. More than 60 percent of the Amazon rainforest is in Brazil. The second largest tropical rainforest is in Congo Basin in Central Africa.
Related: Deforestation 2017