WHAT SORT OF THINGS LIVE IN RAINFORESTS? 


There are more kinds of plants and animals in the rainforests than anywhere else on Earth. Over half of the millions of known species of plants and animals live in the rainforest. Many are found nowhere else.
  There are even plants and animals in the rainforest that we have not yet discovered. Many of the plants from the rainforest are used for medicines by both people in the forest and hospitals throughout the world. One-fourth of the drugs that you can buy at the drugstore have products that come from the rainforest.   Medicines that fight heart disease and treat cancer patients are made from rainforest plants. Aspirin originally came from the rainforest. A flower called the rosy periwinkle helps treat children with Leukemia ( a kind of cancer).

CAN PEOPLE LIVE IN RAINFORESTS?

Actually, people have called the rainforest home for thousands of years. They have learned about what lives and grows there, and they have taught us about many of the medicines and foods we use today.    They know how to find and use wild plants and how to farm small crops in a sustainable manner. Traditionally, they live in harmony with the forest and the plants and animals.     

WHAT'S THE STORY WITH 'VANISHING' RAINFORESTS?


Rainforests used to cover 14% of the Earth's land. Now they cover less than 6%. Most of the rainforests have been destroyed in the last 50 years. In fact, rainforests are disappearing at frightening speed: 150 acres per minute or 75 million acres per year. They will be gone by the time you grow up unless we save them with your help! 
  When the rainforests are destroyed, many tribal people are forced to move into camps or cities. They can no longer eat the food they found in the forest or sleep in the thatched huts they had built to protect themselves. In cities, there are many new diseases that are not in the forest. Because these diseases are new to tribal people, they often get very sick.    Many die from diseases like the flu. If they die, their valuable rainforest culture could be lost to them and to us forever! 
Many of the animals can only survive in the rainforests. If their homes are destroyed, they will become extinct - forever.

WHAT IS AUSTRALIA'S 'DAINTREE' RAINFOREST ALL ABOUT?


The Rainforest of the Daintree is a living museum, our closest link to what Australia was like 15 million years ago when rainforest covered the whole continent.
  The Daintree survives today due to rainfall that's produced when moist sea air passes over the coastal ranges.    The Kuku Yalangi Aboriginal people maintain long standing ties to the rainforest, and pass on important 'dreamtime' stories which connect them to the forest.
LINKS:
http://www.rainforest-australia.com/
     (Rainforest - Australia)