Interesting Facts about Rainforests for Kids
Interesting Facts for Kids 1:- What is a rainforest?
rainforest is defined as an area of dense forest land that
receives a high amount of rainfall per year (250cm - 450cm of
rainfall on average) and is dominated by tall, broad-leaved
Interesting Facts for Kids 2:- How many types of rainforests
There are two types of rainforests in the world:
tropical and temperate. Tropical rainforests experience the
warmest climates as they are located closer to the equator than
temperate rainforests which are situated further away from the
equator, often nearer to coastal areas.
Interesting Facts for Kids 3:- What is the climate like
in a tropical rainforest?
The climate in a tropical rainforest can be described as hot and
wet due to its proximity to the equator. Tropical forests
typically receive high temperatures above 18 C (64 F) but
lower than 93 F (34 C) which determines hot weather conditions
throughout the year. Precipitation is high in tropical
rainforests, at approximately 250cm - 450cm per year (98 - 177
inches), which determines a wet climate. Tropical rainforests
experience a rich ecosystem of animal and plant species as the
climate provides a suitable biome for them to live and survive.
Interesting Facts for Kids 4:- What is the climate like
in a temperate rainforest biome?
Temperate rainforests experience a cooler climate than tropical
forests as they are positioned further away from the world's
equator and are often closer to coastal regions. The climate is
seasonal so the average temperature is subject to change
throughout the year. During colder periods, it becomes
increasingly difficult for plant life and animals to survive.
Similar to tropical rainforests, temperate forest also
experience high amounts of rainfall. Depending on the forests location, the
average annual temperature can reach between 32 degrees F (0C) and 68
Interesting Facts for Kids 5:- How much of the Earth's
surface is covered by rainforests?
At the moment,
approximately 6% of the earth's land surface is covered in
rainforest area, however, this figure is fast decreasing as the
rainforests are constantly threatened by deforestation.
Deforestation can be defined as a clearing process where trees
are cut and cleared away, transforming forests into treeless land
ready to build on. Human activity is destroying our world's
rainforests, figures show that there were previously double the
amount of rainforests on earth than there is today.
Interesting Facts for Kids 6:- Why is the rainforest an
Rainforests consist of rich ecosystems of living
organisms; plants and animals. There are more species of plants
and animals found in the Amazon Rainforest than anywhere else on
Earth. A rainforest is a biome that is abundant with life from
plants, trees, insects, arachnids, fish, reptiles, amphibians,
birds, carnivores, herbivores, and mammals - all sorts of
wildlife that have learned how to interact and adapt to their environment.
Interesting Facts for Kids 7:- What types of Animals live
in the rainforest?
There are millions of animal species living within the
ecosystems of our world's rainforests. One of the most
interesting facts is that there are more
species of animals living in tropical rainforests than temperate
forests or any other place in the world. At least half of the
animal species on earth can be found within a rainforest biome.
The types of animals living in the rainforests include insects,
arachnids, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, herbivores,
carnivores, and mammals of all descriptions. There are all sorts
of wildlife and creatures present in forest biomes including
lizards, alligators, crocodiles, snakes, frogs, toads, fish,
dragonflies, butterflies, ants, cuckoos, parrots, owls, toucans,
quetzals, beetles, caterpillars, worms, spiders, ticks, bats,
cassowary, sloths, capybaras, binturongs, bonobos, chimpanzees,
monkeys, gorillas, orangutans, apes, tigers, great bears and
Interesting Facts for Kids 8:- What types of plants and
trees grown in a rainforest?
More than half of the Earth's plant species can be found in
the rainforests where there are millions of different types
of plants and trees growing in abundance, particularly in
tropical climates such as the Amazon Rainforest. Some of the
main types of trees and plants that grow in rainforests
include Mosses, Curcare, Bengal Bamboo, Strangler Figs,
Venus Fly Traps, Bougainvillea, Bromeliads, Ferns, Jambu,
Kapok Tree, Coconut Tree, Durian, Orchids, Mangrove Fores
Interesting Facts for Kids 9:- How tall do trees
grow in a rainforest?
In the rainforest, the tallest trees can grow more than 70
meters tall! However, the most dominant trees typically grow to
around 30-45 meters tall where their leaves form the canopy
layer of the rainforest biome. Some trees will grow to heights
of 45-55 meters and the largest trees in the rainforest can
grow over 60-70 meters high. One of the tallest trees in the
rainforest is known as the Kapok tree (Ceiba tree), this type of
tree can grow at a rate of 13 feet per year until it reaches
around 61 meters tall (200 feet). The trunk of a Kapok tree can
measure 9-10 feet wide (up to 3 meters!).
Interesting Facts for Kids 10:- What is the largest
rainforest biome in the world?
The biggest rainforest in the
world is the Amazon Rainforest in South America. Covering
approximately 5,500,000 square kilometers of land, the
incredible Amazon Tropical Rainforest is home to millions of
species of plants and animals, and has a population of
approximately 30 million people! The Amazon Jungle, or Amazonia,
as it is sometimes named, spans across nine South American
countries including Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador,
Bolivia and Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. Over half of the
Earth's rainforest areas is located in the Amazon.
Interesting Facts for Kids 11:- Why are rainforests
The rainforests are very important for a number of
different reasons. Forests are often referred to as 'the lungs
of the Earth' as one of their most important functions is vital
to the survival of life on Earth. The rainforests consist of
millions of plant and tree species which provide our planet with
oxygen and help to cleanse the atmosphere. Many types of animals
rely upon the structure of the rainforest for survival. Over
millions of years, animals have learnt to adapt and evolve in
order to survive life within their habitat, and the ecosystems
in which they live in either
temperate and tropical forest biomes across the world.
Interesting Facts for Kids 12:- What is rainforest
The destruction of our world's rainforests is defined by the
term 'deforestation'. The meaning of deforestation can be
described as the clearing of forests through cutting down trees,
logging or burning. Logging is a term used to describe cutting
down trees in preparation for timber. The Earth's rainforests
are rapidly disappearing as every year, humans are destroying
what remains of them. The trees and plants of the world's
rainforests took millions of years to grow and evolve, and trees
are not being replaced at the same rate at which they are being
chopped down. Rainforest destruction poses a real threat to life
and the future of our planet. Many animal species are in
constant danger of becoming extinct as they rely on the forests
Interesting Facts for Kids 13:- Why are rainforests being
Human activity is threatening the future of our world's
rainforests as every single day, trees are being cut down in
order to clear forest land in preparation for building
roads, farms, homes etc. Trees are chopped down and used for
many purposes including paper making, and wood and timber
for making furniture.