Biome: Tropical Rainforest Tropical Rainforest By: Angelica A. Magan J. Chelsea G. December 2005 And I, Gir, will be your tour guide.
Table of Contents • Slide I : Map • Slide II : Land Forms • Slide III : Producers • Slide IV : Herbivores • Slide V : Carnivores • Slide VI : Omnivores • Slide VII : Climate • Slide VIII: Ecological Concerns • Slide IX : Conservation Efforts • Slide X : Interesting Facts • Slide XI : Travel • Slide XII : Works Cited • Slide XIII : Grade Rubric Oh, that’s a lot.
World Map Rainforests are located in different locations on four continents: Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America. Note that the green indicates the areas with rainforests.
Landforms found in the rainforest include waterfalls, hills, swamps, streams and rivers.
Herbivores are animals that feed on plants, which are producers. The sloth, the Colugo, fruit bats, tapirs, koalas, and parrots are examples of herbivores in the tropical rainforest.
Boa Constrictors, Red-eyed Tree Frogs, Giant Chameleons, Civets, and Giant Otter Shrews are also found in the rainforest. They are carnivores, which means their diet consists only of meat. But do remember that all animals feed either directly or indirectly on producers.
Some producers of the rainforest include the Banyan tree, the Rafflesia, multiple species of orchids, some ferns, and sweet potatoes. One might discover that, in the rainforest, one tree alone can hold hundreds or even thousands of living creatures.
The omnivores in the rainforest include Rainforest Bandicoots, Mandrills, Sugar Gliders, Marmosets, Toucans, and Kangaroos. Omnivorous animals eat both meat and plants. Humans are another example of omnivores, and some are found in the rainforest as well!
AAAAH! THE SKY IS FALLING!!! Oh wait, it’s just the rain, hee-hee. It rains almost everyday in the rainforest, an estimated 100 inches (or more) of rain fall each year. Soil in the rain forest can be poor because the rain washes away the nutrients in the soil. The temperature on the rainforest is about 93 °F (34 °C) to 68 °F (20 °C). It is also very humid in the rainforest, 77%-88% humidity.
Ecological Concerns Over-hunting and pollution are some of the problems our rainforests and other biomes face today, but the number one concern is deforestation. Because of deforestation, many animals and possible cures for different illnesses are lost. Oops gotta go. Hey! Who are you and what are you doing here!?!
Conservation Effort Remember that a small change for the better can make a big difference. Well, that’s it for now, I’m going to a play date with Mr. Bean and Teddy. Don’t go running outside carrying a billboard shouting, “Save the rainforest!!!” because that wouldn’t do you any good. Kids like you can save the rainforest and other biomes in your own little way. For example, avoid buying exotic pets from the rainforest, remember not all animals can be domesticated and even house pets are known to attack. And taking animals from their natural habitat reduces the chances of growth in their already decreasing population. You could also try to minimize your use of products made from the rainforest. You can even join an adopt-a-rainforest program to help protect our endangered biome.
Interesting Facts: Rainforests produce 40% of the Earth’s oxygen. The rainforest is also considered the world’s pharmacy because it is a source of many drugs. Some of these are used to fight cancer, such as the Periwinkle plant that increased the chance of survival for Leukemia patients.
The Tropical Rainforest is home to the most diverse plant and animal life, some are yet to be discovered. And , believe it or not, even those who don’t live in this exotic biome is affected by it.
Works Cited • “Rainforest Facts”. December 2005. http://www.rain-tree.com/facts.htm. • “Rainforest”. December 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainforest. • “ Tropical Rainforest”. December 2005. http://www.blueplanetbiomes.org/rainforest.htm. • Favuzzi, Roco. “28.3 Forest Biome Notes”. December 2005. http://www.oswego.org/staff/rfavuzzi/web/FOREST%20BIOME%20NOTES.doc Special Thanks to: • Gir • Angel of Death • Mr. Bean • Teddy