Temperate Rainforest Animals List

Temperate Rainforest Animals List

Not all rainforests are tropical. Temperate rainforests are a cooler, less wet variant of rainforests. Continue reading this Buzzle article to learn more about their fauna species.
A rainforest is a forest of thick and lush vegetation, with a high rate of rainfall. There are 2 main types of rainforests, tropical and temperate. Tropical rainforests are the major number of rainforests present on Earth. They are located north and south of the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, and receive abundant, year-round rainfall. But temperate rainforests are located in different regions, and have a vastly different flora and fauna population, as compared to the plants and animals of the tropical rainforests. In this Buzzle article, we look at temperate rainforests in detail, their habitats and facts, along with the temperate rainforest animals list.

Fact File

Geographical coordinates: Between 38-56 degrees South and 38-61 degrees North latitude
Annual precipitation rate: 200 - 400 cm (2000 mm, 80 inches)
Coverage area: 75 million acres on Earth
Annual average temperature: 4 - 12 degrees Celsius
Climate: Cool and mild, 1 long, rainy season, 1 short, dry season, mist and fog prevail, damp atmosphere
Vegetation: Shady and tall trees like conifers, moss, lichens, ferns, shrubs
Soil: Rich and organic, largest biomass of any biome


United States and Canada west coasts
Appalachian Forests of Eastern U.S.
Magellanic and Valdivian forests of South America
Knysna-Amatole forests of South Africa
Colchian rainforests of Turkey and Georgia
British Woodlands
Rainforests of Iran and Azerbaijan
Taiwan's mountain rainforests
Taiheiyo (Pacific) rainforests of Japan
Australian and New Zealand rainforests

Temperate Rainforest Animals of America

In the South Americas, the rainforest vegetation is mixed, with some broadleaf trees. The North American vegetation is more coniferous, with some amount of broadleaf species. Trees like Redwood, Sitka Spruce, and Pine are present. These forests are the largest temperate rainforests in the world. What animals live in the temperate rainforests of America?

  • Black Bears
  • Grizzly Bears
  • Gray Wolves
  • Bobcats
  • Raccoons
  • Skunks
  • Elk
  • Caribous
  • Squirrels
  • Marmots
  • Otters
  • Moose
  • Sitka Deer
  • Porcupines
  • Rabbits
  • Hares
  • Beavers
  • Bald Eagles
  • Spotted Owls
  • Horned Owls

List of Animals in the Temperate Rainforests - Europe

The European vegetation is highly diverse. Conifers like spruce and pine, thick trees like ask, maple, and oak, are the dominant species.

  • Stoats
  • Hares
  • Bears
  • Lynx
  • Elk
  • Chamois
  • Ibex
  • Wild Boar
  • Brown Bears
  • Wolves
  • Griffon Vulture
  • Badgers
Temperate Rainforest Animals of Asia

Asian temperate rainforests are characterized by a high growth of epiphytes (small plants that grow on trees), and many giant and tall shady trees, mainly broadleaf.

  • Snow Monkeys
  • Shrews
  • Otters
  • Deer
  • Minks
  • Brown Bears
  • Moles
  • Bats
  • Cranes
  • Egrets
  • Herons
  • Snow Leopards
  • Eastern Leopards
  • Siberian Tiger
List of Animals in the Temperate Rainforests: Australia and New Zealand

The vegetation here is fern and mosses, with many shrub varieties. There is little threat of bush fires, as the climate does not allow for it.

  • Wombats
  • Kangaroos
  • Koalas
  • Swamp wallabies
  • Ringtail Possums
  • Echinadas
  • Tasmanian Devils
  • Tasmanian Pademelons
  • Rosellas
  • Thornbills
  • Spotted-tailed Quolls
  • Dusky Antechinus
  • Tree Frogs
  • Black Currawongs
  • Large Land Snail
  • Freshwater Crayfish
  • Velvet Worm
  • Black Cockatoos
  • Tiger Snake
  • Eastern Pygmy Possums

About 55% of the Earth's temperate rainforests area has been destroyed. Though temperate rainforests heal and grow quicker than tropical rainforests, this rapid rate of destruction has made them more endangered than tropical rainforests. There were temperate rainforests in Iceland and other areas of Europe, like Norway, Ireland, and Scotland, but deforestation led to their eradication.
Bat Hanging From Tree
Plecotus Auritus
Flying Fox Bat
Brown Bear With Cub Playing
Colors Of Nature
Marmot Between Flowers
Olympic Marmot
Brown Bear Near Glacial Stream
Ferret On Tree Stump
Bald Eagles Pair in the Nest
Border Collie Jumps Over A Wooden Trunk
Raccoon Climbing A Tree
Tiger Crane Fly
Baby Raccoon
Three Rabbits
Bat Hanging
Graceful Demoiselle cranes in Rajasthan
Squirrel Climbing On The Tree
Red Kangaroos
Elk Deer
White Squirrel
Rabbits Drinking Milk
Two Bald Eagles
Demoiselle Cranes
Young Rabbits
Gray Squirrel
Brown Bears
Flying Fox