Explore the Rainforest! | Ecology for Kids

It’s a drizzly, rainy day outside. So we thought we’d pull out a few of
our books and explore some cool, colorful places where wet weather is pretty much the only weather there is. I’m talking about rainforests! You can probably tell from the name that rainforests have a whole lot of two things: trees and rain. And sure enough, rainforests get
more rain than any other place on Earth. In some areas of the rainforest, it rains every day! And people often think that
rainforests all look like this: warm and steamy with animals
like colorful birds and plants like bananas and mango trees. And there are lots of rainforests like that. But a rainforest can also look like this. Home to animals that are adapted
to cooler weather, like bears and elk. Both of these places are rainforests,
but they’re found in different parts of the world. The warm rainforests are found here, close to the imaginary line that
runs around the middle of the Earth. This part of the world is called “The Tropics”, it gets lots of sun which is why the
temperature is really warm almost all the time. And there are a lot of different kinds of plants and animals that live in these warm rainforests! So many, in fact, that scientists talk
about the rainforest as having layers that change as you go
from the top to the bottom. And different animals and plants
live in each layer. For example, at the top layers
of the rainforest in the tropics, all you can see is the very
tippy-tops of the tallest trees. There’s lots of sunlight up there that the trees use to grow, so these tall trees have lots of leaves. And these big, leafy trees
make lots of shade! They block some of the sunlight
from getting to the lower layers, kind of like a big, green umbrella. And all of the leaves and fruit in the top layers means that there’s plenty of food for animals to eat. So many different kinds of animals
live up here, like insects, parrots, bats, monkeys, and sloths! Some of these animals never even go
down to the ground at all; they don’t need to! Everything they need is
at the top of the rainforest. Now, the lower layers don’t get
as much sunlight as the top, but there’s still home to
plenty of living things, like snakes, lizards, and even
big cats, like tigers and jaguars. And just like the animals at
the top of the rainforest, animals down below are perfectly
suited to the place where they live. The big cats, for example, have patterns on their coats that help them blend in with the rainforest. The jaguar has spots, and the
tiger, as you all know, has stripes. And these patterns help the animals
hide amongst the shadows of the trees. Okay, but what about
the cooler rainforests? They’re found here, much
farther away from the tropics. These rainforests are cooler because they don’t get as much sun as
the warmer ones. They also have layers, but the plants and
animals that live there are pretty different! The top layer of the cooler rainforest,
for example, is made of conifers. Those are the kinds of trees that usually
have cones, like pines and redwood trees. And these kinds of trees have needles
too, like some other kinds of evergreens. These needles help the trees
save energy during the cold winters. And it’s not only the plants that are different here! Animals that live in these rainforests also have to be able to
live in cooler temperatures. So many of the creatures that live
in the lower layers of these rainforests have coats that help keep them warm. For example, some tigers
live in these cool rainforests, and they also have striped coats
that help them blend into the shadows. But their fur is nice and thick,
so it keeps them warm! And other furry mammals
live in these cold forests, like brown bears, black bears, and elk. Quite different from the macaws and
monkeys that live in the warmer forests! Wow, that was quite an imaginary tour! We went all over the world
in just a few minutes! But now I want to find out even more about the amazing rainforests
around our world! Come on Squeaks,
let’s head to the library! Thanks for joining us on SciShow Kids! Do you have a question about something, or someplace in the world that
you’d like to learn more about? If so, ask a grown-up to help
you leave a comment down below, or send us an email to [email protected] Thanks, and we’ll see you next time
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54 thoughts on “Explore the Rainforest! | Ecology for Kids”

  1. Why is that when we are on earth everything seems flat
    Even if we travel around the world, it seems flat but in space
    The earth looks round?

  2. Thank you for making these great videos! They are short enough to keep the attention of my young learners, but long enough to give some great information. Keep them coming.

  3. this is some good reference for my biome assignment for science but I don't have all of the abiotic factor and biotic factors!!!

  4. My 6-yr-old loves your show. He told me tonight he wanted to submit a question, so here is his first idea: “how can animals climb in spiky trees?”

  5. Cool video!One more thing,if I saw some animals, maybe you can saw more about them.But still,great video!Keep it up!

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