Tropical Rainforest

By George Slalgey

About the Tropical Rainforest

Central America, Southern Asia, Africa are once home to large areas of tropical rainforests.


Abiotic factors: Temperature is usually 20-34 degree Celsius

Little to no seasonal change because of it's location to the equator

Annual rainfall:250 cm per year(98.4252 in)

humidity 77%-88%

Climate

The Climate of the tropical rainforest is very humid and it also rains 250 cm(98.4252 in) a year. The temperature never falls below 64 degree Fahrenheit. No changes in seasons.

Plant Life

Plants of the Tropical Rainforest

Trees usually keep their leaves all year round. The canopy plants usually has smaller leaves due to the dry winds. Stranglers are a type of tropical plant that begins their life in the canopy, then sends their roots to the forest floor. Tropical trees usually have thin bark, large fruit, cauliflory, large leaves, and buttresses. The Tropical Rainforests are divided into multiple layers, because each plant tries to get sunlight so they keep growing taller and taller.


Animals of The Tropical Rainforest

Characteristics of the animals

Tree frogs have green skin to camouflage themselves from predators. They also have suction pads on their feet to help them climb up plants. Next the jaguar has sharp claws to kill and tear up a kill. Their eyes have adapted so they can see in low light levels. lastly their teeth are sharp so they can crack hard armor, like the kind on an armadillo.


Cooperation

Acacia ants protect the acacia tree from vines and other insects and in return the acacia gives the ants food.

An example of competition is two monkeys fighting over the same tree.


Predator/Prey Relationships

The Capybara is a rodent that lives in and around water, and the Anaconda can eat one whole. Also the boa constrictor and lizards or opossums. Next there is the short tailed fruit bat and insects. Finally the ocelot hunts the agouti.


Fact!

A chunk of the tropical rainforest, approximately the size of a football field is destroyed every second.


Ecological Concerns

Humans clear the rainforests for subsistence farming. Logging is another threat. Then there is industrialized agriculture.


Endangered species

1.the lemur of Madagascar
2.Asian elephants


Importance

1 in 4 medications have ingredients from the rainforest. They also regulate the climate. Help prevent soil erosion. Also they provide a home for animals.