Rainforests are some of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. Discover how rainforests support thousands of species!
What Is a Rainforest?
Rainforests are large forest ecosystems that receive nearly constant rainfall! Trees in rainforests are very close together and stay green year-round. There is often thick humidity and a wide variety of plants and animals.
Though rainforests only cover 6% of the Earth’s land, they are home to roughly half of the world’s plants and animals. Rainforests are incredibly dense, often having hundreds of different organisms living in a single square mile.
Rainforests can be found in both tropical and temperate regions. Tropical regions are found near the equator and have consistently high temperate. Temperate regions are a bit further from the equator and often experience seasons. There are actually three types of forests, but rainforests can only be found in tropical or temperate forests.