Fun Fact 2 The Amazon Rainforest is a moist broadleaf forest located in
South America. It covers the majority of the Amazon Basin and is present
in nine different nations including Brazil, Peru, Columbia, Venezuela,
Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.
Fun Fact 3: The Amazon Rainforest is classed as a tropical rainforest as
it receives high average temperatures and high average rainfall. The
climate in tropical forests is typically warm and wet.
Fun Fact 4: The Amazon Rainforest receives a warm, wet climate as it is
situated within a belt around the equator. The weather conditions in the
rainforest create a rich ecosystem in which animal and plant life is
able to exist in abundance.
Fun Fact 5: It is thought that human life has existed within the Amazon
Rainforest for many years. Archaeological evidence suggests that human
life began in the forest approximately 11,200 years ago.
Fun Fact 6: The Amazon River runs through the rainforest. This is the
largest river by discharge of water in the world. The Amazon Basin is
drained by the river. The Drainage Basin covers a huge area of
approximately 40% of the continent of South America.
Fun Fact 7: The Amazon Rainforest is full of plant and animal life.
There are more species of plant and animal life in this forest than any
other forest in the world. It has the largest community of living
animals and plants across the globe. More than half of the plant and
animal species found on earth can be found within this tropical forest.
Fun Fact 8: There are some dangerous animal species living in the Amazon
Rainforest which can pose a real threat, such species include the
jaguar, cougar, black caiman, anaconda and vampire bat. Also, the river
contains some very dangerous species including the electric eel and
Fun Fact 9: The Amazon Rainforest is under threat from human activity.
Unfortunately, the world's forests are fast disappearing as humans chop
down trees for timber, paper and to make space for farms, buildings and
Fun Fact 10: The Amazon Rainforest was formed over millions of years. As
deforestation continues, animal habitats are being destroyed and the
trees are not been replaced in the same manner. Even when new trees are
planted, they still take many years to grow.
Fun Fact 11: The rainforests are vital to our planet. They are often
referred to as 'the lungs of the earth' because the trees and plant
species help to cleanse our atmosphere and provide oxygen which is a
necessity to all living things on earths.
Fun Fact 12: The Amazon Rainforest is structured in layers. There are
four main layers within its structure which are called the forest floor,
understory, canopy and emergent.
Fun Fact 13: Plant and animal life exists in all layers of the forest;
many animals build their habitats within the forest floor layer where
they can hide from predators underneath soil and leaves. The higher
layers provide more sunlight and access to more water, these layers are
ideal for plant life as they provide the sources needed for growth and
Fun Fact 14: The types of trees and plants found within the Amazon
Rainforest include the Bengal Bamboo, Strangler Figs, Kapok Tree,
Durian, Orchids, Bougainvillea, Bromeliads, Ferns, Venus Fly Trap,
Mosses, Curcare, Jambu, Coconut Tree, Tualang and Mangrove Fores.
Fun Fact 15: The trees within this particular type of forest can grow
very tall, the most dominant type of trees grow to approximately thirty
to forty-five meters high! These species of trees form the canopy layer
of the rainforest. There are some tree species which grow even higher,
towering over the canopy at heights of around forty-five to fifty-five