The Tropical Rainforest has virtually no season change. There are THOUSANDS of species of trees in the rainforests.
There is an even larger amount of species of animals, the vast majority of which have not been discovered yet. The soil
is very poor, and the vegetation contains most of the nutrients. Most of the species live in the canopy of the Rainforest.
Average Annual Rainfall: 157.5 in
Average temperatures of Day- 93° F
Average temperatures of Night- 68° F
Most plants in the rainforest are trees, and there are also several types of mosses and shrubs that grow on the ground.
Because only a small amount of sunlight reaches the floor, these plants are generally very small.
The animals in the rainforest are so diverse, that scientists speculate that they only know of .1% of all of the
animals. Among these are hundreds of species of parrots, snakes, millions of other birds, the monkey, tigers, Sumatran
Rhinos, and millions of other species.
The amount of tropical rainforest that is deforested every year is equal to the size of Britain. That's 1,000,000
acres a week, or 100 acres a minute.
In 1950, 30% of the earth was tropical rainforest. In 1975, 12% was left. In 2002, tropical rainforests covered only
6% the earth.
More than 40% of the earth's orginal forests have disappeared. Asia has lost 42% of their forests, Africa has lost
52%, and Latin America has lost 37%.
We are losing rainforests at a rate of 7% a year.
The rainforests have the highest level of biodiversity.
Up to 100 species of trees can live in an area of 1125 sq. ft.
The United States Cancer Institute has named more than 2,000 plants in the tropical rainforest that can potentially fight
Over 40% of the drugs prescribed the the United States work because of plants in the rainforest.