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What is the tropical rainforest? The Tropical Rainforest is a forest occurring in tropical areas of heavy rainfall. It is abundant with many species of wildlife and vegetation. Rainforests cover less than two percent of the Earth's surface. They are home to 50-70% of all life forms on our planet. Rainforests are the most productive and most complex ecosystems on Earth. Where are tropical rainforests found? Tropical rainforests are located around the equator where temperatures stay near 80 degrees all year round. ...read more.


Important Facts Within a four mile square area of a tropical rainforest, you would find: * Over 750 species of trees * 1500 different kinds of flowering plants * 125 species of mammals * 400 species of birds * 100 reptiles * 60 amphibians * countless insects * 150 species of butterflies *Only 1% of these species has ever been studied* A MAP SHOWING THE WORLD'S TROPICAL RAINFORESTS Strata of the Rainforest Different animals and plants live in different parts of the rainforest. ...read more.


* FOREST FLOOR: Filled with animal life, especially insects. The largest animals in the rainforest generally live here. Animals that Live in Rainforests: Huge numbers of animals live in rainforests, including microscopic animals, invertebrates (like insects and worms), fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. The different rainforests of the world support different populations of animals. Why are rainforests being cut down? Big companies, such as McDonald's and large logging companies are one of the main reasons rainforests are decreasing. They cut down trees, especially the hardwood trees, to make products such as boxes, furniture and flooring and to make space for cattle ranches so they can farm cows for their beef. By Matthew Smithies 9M ...read more.

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