- Rainforests have evolved over millions of years. They are very complex environments and upsetting one part of that environment can have destructive consequences.
- Rainforests represent a store of living and breathing renewable natural resources. They are rich in animal and plant species. They also provide a wealth of resources for the survival and well-being of humankind. These resources have included basic food supplies, clothing, shelter, fuel, spices, industrial raw materials, and medicine.
- Rainforests once covered 14% of the earth’s land surface. They now cover only 6% and experts estimate that the last remaining rainforests could be consumed in less than 40 years. One and one-half acres of rainforest are lost every second.
- More than 20% of the world’s oxygen is produced in the Amazon Rainforest. That is why the Amazon Rainforest is sometimes called the “Lungs of the Planet”.
- More than half of the world’s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. However, nearly half of the world’s species of plants, animals and microorganisms will be destroyed or severely threatened over the next quarter century due to rainforest destruction.
- At least 3000 fruits are found in the rainforests.
- The number of species of fish in the Amazon exceeds the number found in the entire Atlantic Ocean.
- The U.S. National Cancer Institute has identified 3,000 plants that are active against cancer cells. 70% of these plants are found in the rainforest. Rainforest plants play a huge role in the creation of many other medicines.
- If managed properly, rainforests can provide the world’s need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis.
- The biodiversity of the tropical rainforest is so immense that less than 1 percent of its millions of species have been studied by scientists for their active constituents and their possible uses So, when one acre of the rainforest is destroyed the loss is HUGE!
Adventures in South America
All About Rainforests
Amazon Rainforest Adventure
Animals of the Rainforest – 3rd Grade Project
Animals of the Tropical Rainforest
Asian Rainforest: Bengal Tiger
Asian Rainforest: Indian Muntjac
Bagheera: In the Wild: Spotlight
Buda Caving Expedition – Borneo Rainforests
Cloud Forest Alive
Coral Reefs: Rainforests of the Sea
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
EE Activities – Rainforests
Great Bear Rainforest
Great Bear Rainforest 1
Help Save the Rainforests!
Jewels of the Sea: Kelp Forests
Kid Explorers: Sounds of the Rainforest
Kid Explorers: South American Rainforests
Kids Domain: Earth Day
Learning About Rainforests
Lightforest: The Holographic Rainforest
Live from the Rainforest
Living Edens: Manu
Locations of Rainforests
Lonely Battle for the Rainforests of Assam
On The Line: Tropical Rainforests
Orangutans: Just Hangin’ On
Rainforest in Washington
Rainforest Information Centre
Rainforests Biodiversity Scale of Destruction
Rainforests of CERRA
Rainforests of the Americas
Rainforests: A Virtual Tour
Rainforests: Review of Literature
Saving the Amazon
Saving the Rainforests
The Fate of the Rainforests
The Rainforest Site
Tropical Coloring Book
Tropical Rainforest Animals
Tropical Rainforest Cluster
Tropical Rainforest Coalition
Virtual Rainforest: Howler Monkeys
Virtual Rainforest: Eyelash Viper
What Are Tropical Rainforests?
What Happens When Rainforests are Cut Down?
What’s It Like Where You Live?
Where Are Rainforests?
Wilds of Madagascar