There is no doubt that the tropical rainforests of the world are in danger. Every hour approximately six species of life in our tropical rainforests are destroyed. Experts agree that the number one cause of extinction in the tropical rainforest is due to the destruction of the tropical rainforest environment.We human beings do believe in equality, don't we? How else would you explain humanity's penchant for equally destroying Nature by mercilessly exploiting various ecologies and biospheres under the guise of advancement and progress, when all that is advancing and progressing is mankind's own selfish ends. It's interesting to note how often we fail to see the bigger picture! While enjoying the immediate benefits of the stellar progresses of human civilization (at the cost of Nature), we fail to remember that even we are a part of that same Nature which we are so intent on exploiting for our selfish gains.
― Jason Albright
Sometimes I wonder whether we humans are the real aliens bent upon sucking the life out of planet Earth for our own benefit! Sigh! Anyway, those were just the cynical musings of a world-weary soul. Let's proceed to take a look at a list of animals inhabiting tropical rainforests before the time comes when none are left on it.
Tropical Rainforest Biome
The tropical rainforest biome ranges between the latitudes 25°N of the equator to 25°S of it. The geographical regions covered by this ecosystem include significant parts of Asia, Africa, Australia, Central and South America, a few Pacific Islands, and Mexico. These regions are covered by what can be called lowland equatorial evergreen rainforests, which happen to be a type of tropical moist broadleaf forests.
List of Tropical Rainforest Animals
Tropical rainforest plants are commonly classified under five distinct layers of vegetation: the ground layer, shrub layer, understory, canopy, and the emergent layer. Each of these layers is home to several different species of animals.
Facts About Tropical Rainforest Animals
- » Anacondas, native to tropical rainforests, are among the biggest snakes on Earth.
- » Rainforests are believed to be the oldest ecosystems of our planet, owing to their immense biodiversity.
- » While endangered species, like gorillas, orangutans, and jaguars, have a population of only about a few dozen individuals, the population of several insects and reptiles has reached the million mark!
- » The highly interlinked and intertwined tropical rainforest food web and interdependent ecology ensures the survival of all animals in their natural habitat.
- » Most animals have coloration, patterns, markings, and camouflage that resemble the luxuriant foliage of the rainforest layer in which they reside.