A brave heart and a courteous tongue. They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling.”Rudyard Kipling (author of The Jungle Books and many wonderful stories)
There are many dangers lurking in the rainforest. You’ll need to be brave. Very brave. And fast.
Tropical rainforests are found near the equator in places like Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, South America, and West Africa.
In the tropical rainforests on the island of Sumatra in Southeast Asia, we might be stalked by a Sumatran tiger! This is the smallest species of tiger, but still a formidable hunter so be alert at all times. How could you escape? Don’t bother jumping into the river—tigers swim. Come up with something else.
There are 5 tigers subspecies in the rainforests: Sumatran, Malayan, Bengal, Indochinese, and South-China. If you want to see a Siberian (aka Amur) tiger, you’ll need to leave the rainforest and head north to Asia’s coniferous (pine tree) forests. Tigers are critically endangered animals, so let’s not hurt them. If you see a tiger in trouble, what will you do? Remember, you want to live to tell about it. Don’t risk becoming a tiger snack.
Another animal to watch out for in the rainforest is the king cobra. This is the longest venomous snake in the world at around 18 feet (over 5m) in length. It prefers to eat very small mammals. You’re not very small, are you?
While in Southeast Asia’s tropical rainforests, we can also keep a look out for orangutans, proboscis monkeys, and little primates called the slender lorises.
A tropical rainforest isn’t the only type of rainforest. Another type is a temperate rainforest. Temperate rainforests are found farther away from the equator, along the Pacific coast of North America and South America, parts of New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and Norway. We’ll see very different animals in temperate rainforests. We could see black bears, beavers, tree frogs, skinks, wallabies, bandicoots, martens, and badgers.