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Fact 39: In the moist rainforests of South and Central America, sloths move so slowly that algae are able to grow in their fur and also carry beetles and cockroaches in its fur!

Rainforests also stabilize climate, house incredible amounts of plants and wildlife, and produce nourishing rainfall all around the planet. An alien-looking plant that doesn’t need sunlight to survive reappeared in Malaysia a century after it was first documented. With a population of less than 500 in the wild, the Sumatran tiger is also in danger of disappearing forever. Rainforests help to regulate the Earth’s climate by absorbing and releasing water vapor, and they also help to filter the air by removing carbon dioxide and other pollutants. Discover what makes these habitats so special and find out why they are disappearing and how people can help to conserve them.Facebook sets this cookie to show relevant advertisements to users by tracking user behaviour across the web, on sites that have Facebook pixel or Facebook social plugin.

These adaptations are a testament to the incredible diversity and complexity of the rainforest ecosystem. Each rainforest has its own unique mix of plant and animal species, and many rainforests are home to species that are found nowhere else on Earth.Although its tasty meat would make a good meal for jaguars and other predators, most do not notice the sloth as it hangs quietly in the trees, high up in the canopy.

The rainforests’ birds come in all shapes and sizes, from the colorful parrots to the tiny hummingbirds. Biodiversity: Rainforests are home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Fact 8: Rainforests play an essential role in maintaining the Earth’s limited supply of drinking water and freshwater, so they are crucial to the sustainability of the earth. The canopy refers to the dense ceiling of leaves and tree branches formed by closely spaced forest trees. The canopy offers sources of food, shelter, and hiding places, providing for interaction between different species.

No longer able to enter Malaysia due to the political shakeup caused by the 1MDB exposé and her related reporting, the outlet’s founder, Clare Rewcastle Brown, speaks with Mongabay’s podcast about what inspires her reporting, including having been born in Malaysian Borneo.

Very little light actually makes it to the forest floor, and only plants that have adapted to very low light levels can survive. Fact 44: Some people choose to live in the tropical rainforest and become farmers for the food and spices people eat.They also support the livelihoods of many indigenous communities and other local people who depend on the rainforest for their livelihoods. Each book is filled with a rich visual display, from jaw-dropping photographs and labelled diagrams to cutaways and detailed illustrations, to reinforce and strengthen a child’s understanding of new or complex ideas. Fact 4: Rainforests are found on all of the different continents, except for Antarctica, because it is far too cold there for the environment to be conducive.

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