Jungle animalsPosted on May 18, 2018 - Last modified: May 30, 2019
The animals of the jungle are very varied, they inhabit numerous kinds of animals such as reptiles, insects, birds and mammals. 57% of animal species are found in the jungle, thus being two-thirds worldwide.
The jungle has a great variety of flora, possessing several levels of plants, this makes the sky closed and the sun's rays do not completely cross the treetops.
The trees of the jungle can reach more than 30 meters, its climate is humid and very rainy since they are in the intertropical zone, along the line of the equator.
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We can find two main types of jungles, the tropical jungles and the temperate jungles.
The rainforest is located in humid and warm environments in regions that cross the equator. The most abundant tropical forests can be found in Southeast Asia, Central America, South America, central and western Africa, Australia, western India and the islands of New Guinea.
Its climate is variable throughout the year ranging between 21º and 30º C. The monthly average is about 18ºC. High and very abundant rainfall.
The main tropical rainforest known as the planet's down is the Amazon rainforest, which has an extraordinary wealth of fauna and flora.
Temperate rainforests are less common than rainforests. They have cooler and milder temperatures, especially those located on a humid oceanic climate, although we can also find them under a humid subtropical climate.
Its temperature is around 10ºC and 21ºC with abundant rainfall, although less than the tropical forests.
By location we will find it in coastal and mountainous areas. We can find it in southern Australia, Japan, the United Kingdom, Norway, New Zealand and the coasts of North America.
Characteristics of jungle animals
The animals of the jungle have adapted to their habitat to survive, possessing unique hunting and camouflage techniques that could not be found in other parts of the world.
Animals need to adapt to avoid the large predators that inhabit the jungle and that contribute to the natural balance, controlling herbivorous and carnivorous populations.
These predators are jaguars, pumas, ocelots, leopards and tigers, the big predators.
Due to the high variety of species that this ecosystem keeps, there are still many secrets to discover.
Threats from jungle animals
Being such a rich ecosystem, animal life is in danger, as it attracts illegal hunters and the logging industry. Taking up so much space, the forest floor is not exploited and there are large reserves of highly coveted minerals.
We must know that the thousands of hectares destroyed for the extraction of resources do not compensate with the thousands of living beings that are threatened and, sometimes, extinct.