15 fantastic facts about rainforests!
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Join us as we discover one of our planet’s most fascinating habitats, teeming with wildlife and incredible ecosystems in our awesome facts about rainforests!
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Facts about rainforests
- 1) Only around 6% of Earth’s land surface is rainforest – but about half of all animal and plant species live there!
- 2) In Central American forests, rival strawberry poison dart frogs might wrestle for up to 20 minutes!
- 3) It can take ten minutes for a falling raindrop to travel from a rainforest’s thick canopy to the floor.
- 4) A tree known as the idiot fruit grows in Australia’s Daintree rainforest.
- 5) The rhinoceros hornbill bird from southeast Asian forests has a hornlike structure on its head that looks like an extra beak.
- 6) Rainforests get at least 250cm of rain a year. Sometimes it’s almost double that at 450cm.
7) The Amazon rainforest in South America is so big that if it were a country, it would be the ninth biggest in the world.
- 8) Latin American forests are home to black howler monkeys, whose calls can be heard almost 5km away!
- 9) Veiled stinkhorn fungi, found in tropical rainforests, smell like rotting food!
- 10) The Korowai people of New Guinea live in tree houses as high as 45m off the ground!
- 11) A quarter of ingredients in modern medicines come from rainforest plants.
- 12) 80% of the flowers in the Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world.
- 13) Living in Central American rainforests, a sloth can carry algae, beetles and cockroaches in its fur!
- 14) Some pine trees in Tasmania’s temperate rainforests can live for 2,000 years!
- 15) A lake inside a rainforest on the Caribbean island of Dominica sizzles at around 88°C.
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