Rainforest – the basics
rainforests are located in warm humid places around the world's equator.
Average daily temperature is about 25 degrees Celsius.
Yearly rainfall is at least 1,500 mm, however some forests receive as much as 10,000 mm!
Most of the rain falls during the monsoon, "the rainy season" between mid-July and mid-September.
Rainforest plants and animals
is a fantastic variety of rain forest plant life.
typical 10km square area contains 1,500 kinds of flowering plants and 750 tree
rainforest is an ideal place for many types of animals to live. There is plenty
of water, shelter and food, and it is warm all year.
- Native people
have lived in the rainforests for thousands of years.
- In Brazil about
2,500 Kayapo natives live in an area about the size of Wales.
- They garden,
hunt, fish and gather wild foods.
- They use over 600
species of plants for food, medicine, dyes, oils, soaps, fibres and insect
in the tropics is as much a social problem as an environmental one.
trees are cut down to be sold and make room for mining, farming and industrial activity.