DeforestationWhen they cut the trees down, not only do they take away the animals homes, but a lot of different tribes have homes in the rainforest as well and therefore they become homeless. Unlike our forests, most of the nutrients of a rainforest are stored in its vegetation rather than in its soil.”

In the tropics, wood is the main source of energy for cooking for millions of poor, rural people.

It is cut down for the worldwide demand of wood and paper. UK households use 6.3 million tonnes of paper annually. This results in more than 30million acres of tropical forest being destroyed each year.

The rainforest, many animals and medicinal plants, could become extinct in 40 years time! According to the World Resources Institute – 100 species die each day due to tropical deforestation.So if humans, animals, insects, amphibians (frogs and toads), reptiles, birds, plants and fish live in the rainforest why do they cut it down?

jennifer picklesThis is in addition to a huge increase in carbon dioxide, another greenhouse gas.

Here are some Rainforest books for kids

Trees play an important role in the survival of the ecosystem, providing homes and nourishment to millions of animal and plant species. They produce oxygen – essential to life and also absorb the carbon dioxide ejected by our cars and factories, which can seriously damage the health of the planet.

Deforestation not only destroys the habitat of many species but it affects the ecosystem greatly, as the same amount of trees are not replanted as are cut down.

A lot of the trees that are cut down are hundreds of years old, so newly planted trees are very different in age. Planting more trees is great, but it would be a lot better if they were not cut down in the first place.

Blue frog

Amazing creatures live in the rainforest, but the plants are just as great. There are around 3000 different fruits in the rainforest.

Away from the rainforest, the rest of the world uses around two hundred different fruits. New species of animals and plants are still being found in the rainforest.

This is because animals have a great food supply and habitat to live in; the plants have plenty of rain and sunshine, so they grow big and happy.

snake head butterflyThe Butterflies of the rainforest are camouflaged in a special way so their markings look like eyes. This helps them flying at night because predators like birds think they are another animal.

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