New Zealand’s Westland Temperate Rainforests are located along the central west coast of the country’s South Island. It is known as Te Waipounamou in Maori and nicknamed locally as the ‘wet coat’. The narrow strip of rainforest runs between the Southern Alps and the Tasman Sea and includes the Franz Josef and Fox glaciers – one of the few places in the world where glaciers and rainforest meet. The region is home to at least 28 species of threatened birds including the endemic Okarito brown kiwi. Much of the region is protected either by national parks or reserves making it one of the least-threatened rainforests in the world. Threats do still exist though in the form of introduced mammal species such as stoats and rats. Additionally, substantial portions of the rainforest have been developed for pastureland and pine plantations.
Tongass in Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres in total. It’s a land of ancient forests, towering mountains, and crisp glaciers, and it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen before! This beautiful stretch is home to five species of salmon, humpback and orca whales, otters, beavers, and some of the largest populations of brown bears found in the United States. How’s that for incredible wildlife viewing? It’s not only a place of refuge for wildlife and plants, but also a residence for Alaskans as well, since many people depend on the region’s resources to support their families on a daily basis. To date, the Tongass has about 70,000 people living across 32 communities. So, travel to Alaska to live like the locals and be one with nature!
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Amazon Rainforest: It is the world’s largest tropical rainforest, also known as Amazonia or Amazon Jungle. It has an area of 5,500,000 km2 and covers most of the Amazon Basin of South America and runs through Brazil, Peru, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana. The Amazon River also runs through the forest. About 60 percent of the forest is contained in Brazil. The forest is estimated to be covered by 390 billion individual trees divided into 16,000 species. Some of the species found in this region include 2.5 million insects, about 2,000 mammals and birds, and tens of thousands of plants. To date, an estimated 438,000 species of plants of economic and social interest have been registered in the region with many more remaining to be discovered. The rainforest also contains several species and among the largest are predatory creatures including the jaguar, cougar, and anaconda. In the Amazon River within the forest, electric eels can produce an electric shock that can stun or kill, while the piranhas are known to bite and injure humans. Various species of poison dart frogs produce toxins through their flesh. There are also numerous parasites and disease vectors. Vampire bats dwell in the rainforest and can spread the rabies virus. Malaria, yellow fever, and Dengue fever can also be contracted in the Amazon region.
While it may seem odd, the US Forest Service gets this question often, and the answer is technically no, but they explain what happens to make it seem as if it is raining coquí. They explain this on their website: “This interesting forest legend involving Puerto Rico’s indigenous coquí frog (Eleutherodactylus coquí) is actually based on scientific fact. During those times of the year when the humidity is high, the tiny coquí frogs will climb to the forest canopy, sometimes as high as 100 feet (30 meters). Predators such as the tarantula, anticipating this behavior, lay in wait for the frogs. Many frogs are caught by the predators during their ascent. Instead of returning to the ground by the same dangerous path, the surviving frogs prefer to launch themselves into the air, thus bypassing their predators on the way down. The tiny frogs are almost weightless so that they float to the forest floor unharmed. If you are lucky enough to be sitting under a tree when this is happening, you will indeed be rained upon by tiny frogs!” See additional info on El Yunque rain forest exploration blog. El Yunque is basically a huge drainage place – that is why there are some many boulders full of moss, bromeliads and often a Sierra Palm on top. There are no flat places on this rain forest – with over 180 inches of rain. The cloud forest – over 2,500 feet is 99% humidity all day long.