Rainforest Biome Poem

rainforest cartoon
Gaze around the forest floor,
Some fungi grows,
mushroom cartoon
But wait, there’s more!
Bugs and bugs of every kind,
tarantula cartoon
And I’ll go on if you don’t mind…
Jaguars, and amphibians,
cartoon frog
The forest floor,
Where it begins…
Let’s go up!
The understory,
There’s a varied inventory,
Birds, and bats, and butterflies,
butterfly cartoon
Bananas, tarsiers, meet our eyes,
banana cartoon
Capuchin monkeys, boas, skinks,
The chocolate used in chocolate drinks!
chocolate cartoon
Move on up!
You will see,
The great green forest canopy,
Not a place for cans of peas,
Peas in a can
Just the tops of tall, green trees!
Two-toed sloths, and maybe three,
Move so slow, you’ll agree,
sloth cartoon
bromeliad cartoon
The colored beaks,
Of cool toucans,
toucan cartoon
And all those wise old, graceful trees,
Produce the oxygen which we breathe…
snorkel cartoon
Emergent layer?
Tops it all!
Sit up there,
You’ll see it all,
The amazing forest,
Stuns and awes,
But people cut it with chainsaws…
chainsaw cartoon
We hope it doesn’t all get wrecked,
It’s a place we must protect!

What is a tropical rainforest?

Tropical rainforests are regions of thick forest found zones near the equator.

They are commonly considered to have four different levels:

Forest floor:
Not much sunlight makes it to the forest floor in tropical rainforests. Here you will find soil, fungi, and animals such as insects, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Above the forest floor is the understory. It contains short plants and also seedlings that will eventually grow to full-sized trees. Many of the plants in the understory have large leaves to collect the small amount of sunlight that reaches this level. Animals of the understory can include birds, snakes, insects, and mammals. Some large animals, such as jaguars can sleep or hide on the branches of tall trees that make up the understory.

The canopy is the layer made by the thick, upper parts of the trees. Many birds and insects spend most of their time in this layer. Mammals, such as howler monkeys, and orangutans also live in the rainforest’s canopy.

Emergent layer:
The emergent layer is characterized by tall trees that rise above the forest’s canopy. This level is also home to many birds and insects.

Rainforests have the greatest biodiversity of all ecosystems on Earth- more than half known species live in rainforests.
Products such as cocoa, bananas, rubber, gums, and many medicines come from rainforest plants and trees.
Rainforests are being cut for wood and cleared for farming and incredibly fast rates. It this trend continues, many known species, and also many unknown species of animals will be lost forever.

Mr. R.'s World of Science