Jungle Facts

About a Cheetah resting

Cheetahs chirp when they roar. The strange cheeping sound is more like a yapping puppy than a fierce big cat and can be heard up to a mile away.

Jungle vines, or ropes, can grow as much as half a mile long and have been known to grow as thick as a telegraph pole.

Orangutan mother and baby
Orang-utans, who don't like getting wet, fashion umbrellas out of leaves when it rains.

The Amazon Rainforest is known as the 'lungs of the planet'. More than 1/5 of the planets oxygen is produced here.

Poison Arrow Frogs

The Blue Poison Arrow frog carries enough poison to kill over 100 people. Quite something for a creature less than two inches in length. 

Jungle or rainforest?

The jungle is the densest part of the rainforest, the part that contains the most life. The word jungle comes from Sanskrit jangala meaning "uncultivated." Only six per cent of the world is jungle, but more that half of all species live there.
(Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson for QI)


In ancient Rome Grevy's zebras were called hippotigris and were trained to pull carts for the circus.



Cheeky Gibbon Taunts Tiger Cubs


Chhouk: The Elephant With a Prosthetic Foot


The life expectancy of a leopard is 15 to 20 years  

There are only 5 subspecies of tiger left in the world


A few extra bits to think about
Sometimes we take some very basic things for granted. 
For example, where does chocolate come from?  
Well, originally it comes from cocoa pods which 
grow in the rainforest.  Then there are spices, sugar 
and rubber, all of which we use every day.  
More importantly, most of the medicines we 
take derive their ingredients from, yes - you've guessed it, 
the rainforest. 
Interesting though this may seem, it is a point to ponder.


Rainforest Strata

About the Rainforest Layers.

The emergents are the tallest trees in the strata. They can be as high as 80 meters, meaning they are virtually  inaccessible to anything other than birds and bats.

The canopy is formed by the top of the trees which haven’t grown through. Insects, macaws, squirrel monkeys and sloths are some of animals which occupy this layer.

The understory is the dark and very cool part of the rainforest. There is very little light and limited growth. A great variety of insects and mammals live here. Amongst these are butterflies and snakes, spiders and jaguars, orang-utans and gorillas.

The forest floor is home to lizards, snakes and anteaters. Of course, the climbers are able to move between the floor and the understory at will.





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The rainforest Jaguar.

Jaguars are the alpha predator in the rainforests. They kill their, usually large, prey by biting through the skull into the brain.

Emergents can grow up to 200 feet tall with trunks of 16 feet in diameter and can be as wide as the Albert Hall.
  Boa Constrictor in tree.

Boa Constrictors pick up the scent of their prey by flicking their tongues. They then lie in wait -  and WHOOSH - the meal is ambushed.

Over 3,000 varieties of fruit grow in the Amazon Rainforest. Bananas, pineapple and coconuts are just a few.

Squirrel Monkey on Branch.
Squirrel Monkeys have hands like human beings. Instead of their tails, which they use as a balancing tool, they employ their hands for gripping and climbing.

One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second.


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