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A wooden house on stilts on the edge of the rainforest in Gadaisu village.

Rainforest facts

Rainforests are essential to life on Earth.


Not only do they provide air, water, medicine, food, and shelter for people and animals, they are also one of our best natural defenses against the climate crisis due to their role in the carbon cycle.

We’ve curated some facts about rainforest and its inhabitants for you to share with friends, use in a quiz at your school, or simply brush up on your own knowledge.

[1] Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[2] Conserve Energy Future. n.d. 35 Facts Of Tropical Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-tropical-rainforest-facts.php> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[3] All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[4] Conserve Energy Future. n.d. 35 Facts Of Tropical Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.conserve-energy-future.com/various-tropical-rainforest-facts.php> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[5] Factslides.com. 2017. 22 Facts About The Amazon Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.factslides.com/s-Amazon-Rainforest> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[6] All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[7] Jungle Tours. 2019. 10 Mind-Blowing Daintree Rainforest Facts. [online] Available at: <https://jungletours.com.au/10-daintree-rainforest-facts/> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[8] Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[9, 12 & 13] Veit, P. and Reytar, K., 2017. By The Numbers: Indigenous And Community Land Rights. [online] World Resources Institute. Available at: <https://www.wri.org/blog/2017/03/numbers-indigenous-and-community-land-rights> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

[10] Tropical-rainforest-facts.com. n.d. AMAZON RAINFOREST TRIBE FACTS. [online] Available at: <https://tropical-rainforest-facts.com/Amazon-Rainforest-Facts/Amazon-Rainforest-Tribe-Facts.shtml> [Accessed 23 June 2020].

[11] Reyes-García, V., Huanca, T., Vadez, V., Leonard, W. and Wilkie, D., 2006. Cultural, Practical, and Economic Value of Wild Plants: a Quantitative Study in the Bolivian Amazon. Economic Botany, 60(1), pp.62-74.

[14] IPCC Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change.

[15] Rainforest Trust. n.d. Climate Action. [online] Available at: <https://www.rainforesttrust.org/climate-action/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIsqqm1seV6gIVh8x3Ch0ADABwEAAYASAAEgIv5vD_BwE> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[16 & 17] Cool Earth. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.coolearth.org/what-we-do/why-rainforests/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[18] World Resources Institute. n.d. Why Rainforest? We Depend On It For Everything.. [online] Available at: <https://www.wri.org/insights/numbers-value-tropical-forests-climate-change-equation> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[19] Factslides.com. 2017. 22 Facts About The Amazon Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.factslides.com/s-Amazon-Rainforest> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

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[22] Srl.caltech.edu. 2020. Facts On The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://https://bit.ly/3xo5wlx> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[23, 24] Animal Facts Encyclopedia. n.d. Rainforest Animals. [online] Available at: <https://www.animalfactsencyclopedia.com/Rainforest-animals.html> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[25,26] All That’s Interesting. 2014. 25 Amazing Rainforest Facts You’Ve Never Heard. [online] Available at: <https://allthatsinteresting.com/rainforest-facts> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[27] Johnson, H., 2015. Rainforest. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[28, 29, 30] Ovoenergy.com. n.d. 61 Facts You Need To Know About The Rainforest. [online] Available at: <https://www.ovoenergy.com/blog/ovo-foundation/61-facts-you-need-to-know-about-the-rainforest.html> [Accessed 19 June 2020].

[31,32] Johnson, H., 2015. Rainforest. [online] National Geographic Society. Available at: <https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/rain-forest/> [Accessed 22 June 2020].

[33] Pearce, F., 2018. Rivers In The Sky: How Deforestation Is Affecting Global Water Cycles. [online] Yale Environment 360. Available at: <https://e360.yale.edu/features/how-deforestation-affecting-global-water-cycles-climate-change> [Accessed 22 June 2020].