Many of the rainforest's birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals are endangered. These include familiar animals, such as the chimpanzees of Central Africa, and relatively unknown animals, such as the elephant frog of Australia.The tropical rainforests are home to more species than any other terrestrial habitats.Continue Reading
Endangered rainforest birds include the hyacinth and Lear’s macaws of South America and the yellow-crested cockatoo of Indonesia. Habitat destruction is a serious problem for many of these birds, but some of them, particularly the hyacinth macaw, have also experienced population declines because of collection for the pet trade.
Worldwide amphibian populations have been declining for several years. Both the golden poison dart frog and the golden mantilla are endangered amphibians of the rainforest floor. The causes of amphibian decline are not clear in all cases and may stem from the combination of habitat destruction, fungi, climate change and collection.
Mammals such as the Javan rhinoceros and the Sumatran tiger are at risk of extinction. Both are hunted for their purported medicinal properties, but they also face increasingly fragmented habitats. The maned three-toed sloth and the pygmy three-toed sloth are two other animals that are disappearing from their tropical rainforest habitats.Learn more about Zoology
There are many species of animals on Earth that spend the majority of their lives alone, including species of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish, insects and arachnids. Solitude is common in the animal world, and it may be only during the mating season that individual members of a species interact with each other.Full Answer >
Equatorial animals include mammals such as elephants and jaguars, amphibians and reptiles such as poison dart frogs and anacondas, and a wide variety of insects and birds. Due to habitat loss, several of these species are endangered as of 2014.Full Answer >
Animals that eat both plants and other animals, called omnivores, occur in every major animal lineage, including insects, fish, reptiles, mammals and birds. By contrast, some lineages, such as spiders, are completely devoid of omnivores.Full Answer >
Some animals that eat caterpillars are wasps, reptiles, certain mammals and birds. Of these animals that prey on caterpillars, birds are their main predators. The caterpillar is the larval stage of insects like moths and butterflies.Full Answer >