Rainforests are majestic and elusive places that we still don’t know too much about. They’re filled to the brim with neat things, so I thought I’d share some with you!
Here are 20 fun facts:
- The only continent that doesn’t have a rainforest is Antartica.
- In Asian rainforests, you can find flying squirrels, frogs, and snakes. Yep, flying snakes exist.
- In Central American rainforests, strawberry poison dart frogs can wrestle each other for up to twenty minutes.
Photo courtesy of Yannick Ott.
- 70% (or more) of the plants that treat cancer are only found in rainforests.
- About 80% of the flowers found in Australian rainforests are not found anywhere else in the world.
Photo courtesy of Tony Rodd.
- Rainforests are the oldest living ecosystems (they’ve existed for tens of millions of years).
- About 90% of 1.2 billion people living in poverty worldwide depend on the rainforest for their daily needs.
- There’s a bird called the rhinoceros hornbill bird in South Asian forests that has a horn on its head which appears to be a second beak.
- 30 million people live in the Amazon rainforest.
- Satellite images suggest that some of the world’s largest caves might live beneath the Amazon rainforest.
Photo courtesy of Backparkerin.
- Despite being only an inch long, the golden poison dart frog can kill up to ten men with its venom.
- The rainforest canopy is 20 ft thick.
- Inside a rainforest in Dominica, there is a lake that is 190°F (88° C).
- There’s a tribe of indigenous people in New Guinea called the Korowai who live in tree houses that can get to 45 m off the ground.
- The canopy is so thick that it can take 10 minutes for raindrops to reach the ground.
- There are pine trees in Tasmania’s temperate rainforests that can live for up to 2,000 years.
- More than 2,000 species of butterflies live in South American rainforests, and their wings can be 2 inches wide.
Photo courtesy of Vasse Nicolas.
- Bats are essential pollinators of many tropical foods, like bananas and mangoes.
- A single canopy tree can release 760 liters of water into the atmosphere per year.
There’s a ton of cool things about the rainforest. This barely scratches the surface.
Featured photo courtesy of Snowmanradio.