Jungle Facts

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Snarling cheetah Cheetahs chirp when they roar. The strange cheeping sound is more like a yapping puppy than a fierce big cat and can be heard up to a mile away.
                                                                                                                  Jungle vines, or ropes, can grow as much as half a mile long and have been known to grow as thick as a telegraph pole.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Orang-utans, who don’t like getting wet, fashion umbrellas out of leaves when it rains.
Orang-utan holding baby sitting on grass
The Amazon Rainforest is known as the ‘lungs of the planet’. More than 1/5 of the planets oxygen is produced here.
Blue Poisin Arrow frog on rock                                                                                                                            The Blue Poison Arrow frog carries enough poison to kill over 100 people. Quite something for a creature less than two inches in length.
                                                                                                                                                                                      The jungle is the densest part of the rainforest, the part that contains the most life. The word jungle comes from Sanskrit jangala meaning “uncultivated.” Only six per cent of the world is jungle, but more that half of all species live there.
(Molly Oldfield and John Mitchinson for QI)
Zebra grazing on the veld
                                                                                                                           In ancient Rome, Grevy’s zebras were called hippotigris and were trained to pull carts for the circus.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Only 6% of the land on Earth is covered by rainforest, but half of all species live there.
                                                                                                                                                                      Jaguar Jaguars are the alpha predator in the rainforests. They kill their, usually large, prey by biting through the skull into the brain.
                                                                                      Emergents can grow up to 200 feet tall with trunks of 16 feet in diameter and can be as wide as the Albert Hall.
                                                                                                                        Boa Boa Constrictor curled up in grassConstrictors pick up the scent of their prey by flicking their tongues. They then lie in wait and – WHOOSH – the meal is ambushed.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Over 3,000 varieties of fruit grow in the Amazon Rainforest. Bananas, pineapple and coconuts are just a few.
                                                                                                                                                                              Squirrel Monkeys have hands like human beings. Instead of their tails, which they use as a balancing tool, they employ their hands for gripping and climbing.Squirrel monkey in tree
                                                                                                                                                                                                    One and a half acres of rainforest are lost every second.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        A few extra bits to think about…
Sometimes we take some very basic things for granted.
For example, where does chocolate come from?
Well, originally it comes from cocoa pods which grow in the rainforest.  Then there are spices, sugar and rubber, all of which we use every day.
More importantly, most of the medicines we take derive their ingredients from, yes – you’ve guessed it, the rainforest.
Interesting though this may seem, it is also a point to ponder.

                                                                                                                                                                                      If you have any interesting or funny jungle facts you think should be published, please feel free to contact me 

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6 thoughts on “Jungle Facts

  1. That was wonderful and I enjoyed all of the facts. Unfortunately, we are killing our lungs and once they are destroyed…our breath will be gone. Humans are not an intelligent species. We should be cultivating and protecting the rainforest, not destroying it.

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