The Rainforest is home to half of all animal and plant species. There are two kinds of rainforests: tropical, which are warmer and closer to the equator, and temperate, which are found above and below the equator in coastal regions. The rainforest is the oldest and most biodiverse ecosystem, with scientists estimating some forests in Southeast Asia having existed 100 million years ago. The trees in the rainforest can reach heights of 250 feet with dense canopy cover, which results in a lack of sunlight reaching the forest floor. Due to the intense thickness of trees in the rainforest, many animals living here have adapted to climbing and living in trees.

How do animals adapt in the rainforest?

Animals adapt in the rainforest through multiple physical adaptions. The adaptations include camouflage that allows them to blend into their surroundings and makes it difficult for predators to see them. Animals also adapt to move within the surroundings of the rainforest through strong limbs or webbed feet.

What do rainforest animals eat?

The food rainforest animals typically eat depends on their placement within the food supply chain and the ecosystem. The food sources within the rainforest are often limited. Big animals eat smaller animals such as armadillos, birds, and turtles while smaller animals may generally eat mushrooms, termites, or worms.

Which animals are the top of the food chain in the rainforest?

The animals at the top of the food chain in the rainforest include big cats such as leopards and jaguars who are known for both their agility and speed. Other animals at the top of the food chain include anacondas who are known for their ability to prey and crocodiles.

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5.92’-9.83’ | 1.8-3 m
2.82’-4.59’ | .86-1.4 m
7.22’-12.13’ | 2.2-3.7 m
8,818-13,889 lb | 4,000-6,300 kg
60-70 years
African Forest Elephant
300.000
140.000
370.000
6300.000
70.00
17400
3D
African Forest Elephant
34”-45” | 86-114 cm
5’3”-6’5” | 160-196 cm
220-650 lb | 100-295 kg
8-10 years (wild); 18-25 years (captivity)
Bengal Tiger
114.000
196.000
295.000
25.00
45000
3D
Bengal Tiger
8.17’-9.83’ | 2.5-3 m
3.94’-5.25’ | 1.2-1.6 m
10.17’-12.47’ | 3.1-3.8 m
6,000-10,000 | 2,720-4,535 kg
55-70 years
Borneo Pygmy Elephant
300.000
160.000
380.000
4535.000
70.00
1850
3D
Borneo Pygmy Elephant
Capybara
157000
20”-24” | 51-61 cm
42”-53” | 107-135 cm
77-146 lb | 35-66 kg
7-10 years (wild); 10-15 years (captivity)
Capybara
61.000
135.000
66.000
15.00
157000
3D
Capybara
18”-22” | 46-56 cm
27”-43” | 69-109 cm
25-50 lb | 11-23 kg
11-15 years (wild); 17-20 years (captivity)
Clouded Leopard
56.000
109.000
23.000
20.00
30000
3D
Clouded Leopard
8”-13” | 20-33 cm
14”-24” | 36-61 cm
6.5-15 lb | 3-7 kg
8-11 years (wild); up to 17 years (captivity)
Common Spotted Cuscus
33.000
61.000
7.000
17.00
6700
3D
Common Spotted Cuscus
Dingo
105000
20”-24” | 51-61 cm
28”-43” | 71-109 cm
30-45 lb | 14-20 kg
3-7 years (wild); up to 16 years (captivity)
Dingo
61.000
109.000
20.000
16.00
105000
3D
Dingo
44.0”-52.0” | 112-132 cm
220-460 lb | 100-210 kg
30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity)
Eastern Lowland Gorilla
132.000
210.000
60.00
2200
3D
Eastern Lowland Gorilla
4’-5’7” | 122-170 cm
6’10”-8” | 208-244 cm
325-1100 lb | 147-500 kg
10-15 years
Elk | Wapiti
170.000
244.000
500.000
15.00
143000
3D
Elk | Wapiti
3.46”-5.12” | 8.8-13 cm
3.54”-4.72” | 9-12 cm
7.87”-11.81” | 20-30 cm (Overall)
.44-1 lb | .2-.45 kg
5-9 years
Giant African Snail
13.000
12.000
30.000
0.450
9.00
10800
3D
Giant African Snail
.12”-.2” | 3-5 mm (Diameter)
7.87”-15.75” | 20-40 cm
Hammerhead Flatworm
0.500
40.000
13100
3D
Hammerhead Flatworm
Jaguar
407000
27”-31” | 69-79 cm
4’10”-6’ | 147-183 cm
80-250 lb | 36-113 kg
8-15 years (wild); 18-25 years (captivity)
Jaguar
79.000
183.000
113.000
25.00
407000
3D
Jaguar
10”-14” | 25-36 cm
22”-30” | 56-76 cm
6-20 lb | 3-9 kg
10-12 years (wild); Up to 20 years (captivity)
Jaguarundi
36.000
76.000
9.000
20.00
26000
3D
Jaguarundi
6”-8.5” | 15-22 cm
12”-17” | 31-43 cm
1.6-3.3 lb | .7-1.5 kg
2-4 years (wild); up to 5-6 years (captivity)
Long-Nosed Bandicoot
22.000
43.000
1.500
6.00
44000
3D
Long-Nosed Bandicoot
Margay
19000
12”-17” | 31-43 cm
18”-31” | 36-79 cm
5-9 lb | 2-4 kg
12-14 years (wild); Up to 24 years (captivity)
Margay
43.000
79.000
4.000
24.00
19000
3D
Margay
5.5”-8.25” | 14-21 cm
11.8”-17.7” | 30-45 cm
1.9-2.4 lb | .8-1.1 kg
3-7 years (wild); up to 7 years (captivity)
Moonrat
21.000
45.000
1.100
7.00
3700
3D
Moonrat
23”-26” | 58-66 cm
33”-43” | 85-110 cm
100-220 lb | 45-100 kg
Up to 20 years (wild); up to 24 years (captivity)
North Sulawesi Babirusa
66.000
110.000
100.000
24.00
150
3D
North Sulawesi Babirusa
8.3”-11.8” | 21-30 cm
16”-25” | 41-64 cm
10-35 lb | 4.5-16 kg
4-7 years (wild); up to 12 years (captivity)
Nutria | Coypu
30.000
64.000
16.000
12.00
11000
3D
Nutria | Coypu
Ocelot
137000
15”-20” | 38-51 cm
27”-40” | 69-102 cm
18-40 lb | 8-18 kg
12-15 years (wild); Up to 20 years (captivity)
Ocelot
51.000
102.000
18.000
20.00
137000
3D
Ocelot
Pudú
12300
1’2”-1’3” | 35-38 cm
2’7”-2’9” | 80-85 cm
20-33 lb | 9-15 kg
8-10 years
Pudú
38.000
85.000
15.000
10.00
12300
3D
Pudú
3’4”-5’3” | 101-160 cm
5’4”-8’10” | 163-269 cm
220-1200 lb | 100-544 kg
10-20 years
Sambar Deer
160.000
269.000
544.000
20.00
4700
3D
Sambar Deer
2’-3’ | .61-.91 m
5’-6’ | 1.52-1.85 m
80-440 lb | 36-200 kg
20 years (wild); up to 35 years (captivity)
Spectacled Bear
91.000
185.000
200.000
35.00
17000
3D
Spectacled Bear
2’-2’4” | .61-.71 m
4’-5’ | 1.22-1.52 m
55-155 lb | 25-70 kg
20-25 years (wild); 20-30 years (captivity)
Sun Bear
71.000
152.000
70.000
30.00
49000
3D
Sun Bear
2'8"-3' | 81-91 cm
3’1”-7’2” | 95-220 cm
80-250 lb | 36-113 kg
6-15 years
White-Tailed Deer
91.000
220.000
113.000
15.00
30000
3D
White-Tailed Deer
Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis)
Measured comparison illustration of the size of a Borneo Pygmy Elephant to a typical person and other elephants

In the northeast of Borneo, Indonesia, and Malaysia, the Borneo elephant, also called the Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas Maximus Borneensis), is a subspecies of the Asian elephant. The Borneo Pygmy Elephant is the smallest Asian elephant subspecies in size, and are baby-faced with oversized ears, plump bellies and tails that are so long they drag on the floor when they are walking. They are also gentler than their counterparts in the Asian elephants, even with their straight tusks. Their habitat consists of forests and open grasslands and with their small-long trunks, It makes gathering fruits, leaves, and grass useful.

Borneo Pygmy Elephants have a typical shoulder height between 8.17’-9.83’ (2.5-3 m), body length of 10.17’-12.47’ (3.1-3.8 m), and width of 3.94’-5.25’ (1.2-1.6 m). The typical weight of the Borneo Pygmy Elephant is in the range of 6,000-10,000 (2,720-4,535 kg). Borneo Pygmy Elephants have lifespans between 55-70 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Borneo Pygmy Elephant in front and side poses
In the northeast of Borneo, Indonesia, and Malaysia, the Borneo elephant, also called the Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas Maximus Borneensis), is a subspecies of the Asian elephant. The Borneo Pygmy Elephant is the smallest Asian elephant subspecies in size, and are baby-faced with oversized ears.

Borneo Pygmy Elephants have a typical shoulder height between 8.17’-9.83’ (2.5-3 m), body length of 10.17’-12.47’ (3.1-3.8 m), and width of 3.94’-5.25’ (1.2-1.6 m). The typical weight of the Borneo Pygmy Elephant is in the range of 6,000-10,000 (2,720-4,535 kg). Borneo Pygmy Elephants have lifespans between 55-70 years.

Scaled collection of drawings of Borneo Pygmy Elephant in front and side poses
Borneo Pygmy Elephant (Elephas maximus borneensis)
Height:
8.17’-9.83’ | 2.5-3 m
Width:
3.94’-5.25’ | 1.2-1.6 m
Length:
10.17’-12.47’ | 3.1-3.8 m
Depth:
Weight:
6,000-10,000 | 2,720-4,535 kg
Area:
Scientific Name
Elephas maximus borneensis
Lifespan
55-70 years

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Borneo Pygmy Elephant side elevation, front, back,

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Bengal Tiger
Dimensioned comparison drawing of the Bengal Tiger compared to an average person

The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), also known as the Royal Bengal tiger, is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. It is considered one of the biggest cats in size as well as population as the Bengal tiger makes up nearly half of the existing tiger population.

Its coat is light orange and features black stripes on its body and black rings on its tail. It also has a substantial set of teeth as its canines are recorded as the longest of all cats. The Bengal tiger leads a solitary life, maintaining only a basic social unit of the female and her cubs.

Bengal Tigers have a shoulder height between 34”-45” (86-114 cm), body length of 5’3”-6’5” (160-196 cm), and weight in the range of 220-650 lb (100-295 kg). The tail of a Bengal Tiger is 33”-43” (84-109 cm) in length. Bengal Tigers have a typical lifespan of 8-10 years in the wild and 18-25 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Bengal Tiger
The Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris), also known as the Royal Bengal tiger, is the national animal of India and Bangladesh. It is considered one of the biggest cats in size as well as population as the Bengal tiger makes up nearly half of the existing tiger population.

Bengal Tigers have a shoulder height between 34”-45” (86-114 cm), body length of 5’3”-6’5” (160-196 cm), and weight in the range of 220-650 lb (100-295 kg). The tail of a Bengal Tiger is 33”-43” (84-109 cm) in length. Bengal Tigers have a typical lifespan of 8-10 years in the wild and 18-25 years in captivity.

Set of standing side elevation drawings of the Bengal Tiger
Bengal Tiger
Height:
34”-45” | 86-114 cm
Width:
Length:
5’3”-6’5” | 160-196 cm
Depth:
Withers Height
Weight:
220-650 lb | 100-295 kg
Area:
Tail Length
33”-43” | 84-109 cm
Scientific Name
Panthera tigris tigris
Lifespan
8-10 years (wild); 18-25 years (captivity)

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Bengal Tiger side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Elk | Wapiti
Scaled drawing comparing the size of a Elk (Wapiti) to a typical person

Elk (Cervus Canadensis), or Wapiti, are not only one of the world's largest game deer but also one of North America's and East Asia's largest mammals. They are attractive, and perhaps that is why they are hunted in different parts of the world for sport.

Male Elk have large 5 feet (1.5 m) wide antlers usually with 6 or 7 tines. Female Elk do not have antlers. Elk have small tails, with between 3 to 8 inches (7.6-20.3 cm) of tan-colored patch. Elk's backs are brown to tan, a bit reddish in the summer, and their bottom is darker. Elk meat becomes more and more protein-rich as they get older and its antlers are generally kept as game trophies

Elk (Wapiti) have standing shoulder heights between 4’-5’7” (122-170 cm), head-to-body lengths in the range of 6’10”-8” (208-244 cm), and overall weights of 325-1100 lb (147-500 kg). The lifespan of a wild Elk is roughly 10-15 years.

Group of illustrated side elevation drawings of the Elk (Wapiti)
Elk (Cervus Canadensis), or Wapiti, are not only one of the world's largest game deer but also one of North America's and East Asia's largest mammals. They are attractive, and perhaps that is why they are hunted in different parts of the world for sport.

Elk (Wapiti) have standing shoulder heights between 4’-5’7” (122-170 cm), head-to-body lengths in the range of 6’10”-8” (208-244 cm), and overall weights of 325-1100 lb (147-500 kg). The lifespan of a wild Elk is roughly 10-15 years.

Group of illustrated side elevation drawings of the Elk (Wapiti)
Elk | Wapiti
Height:
4’-5’7” | 122-170 cm
Width:
Length:
6’10”-8” | 208-244 cm
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Weight:
325-1100 lb | 147-500 kg
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Scientific Name
Cervus canadensis
Lifespan
10-15 years

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Elk (Wapiti) side elevation (standing), front (standing), side (lying down)

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Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Pair of dimensioned size comparison drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla compared to the height of a typical person

The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla and is unique to the mountainous forest of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. Eastern lowland gorillas are sociable and peaceful animals that feast on a varied diet of fruits, stems and bark, and small insects. The gorillas’ coats are jet black, and the hair greys as the animal matures; this is known as ‘silverback’. Eastern lowland gorillas are critically endangered, and there is only one female eastern gorilla in captivity and can be found at the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium.

The typical Eastern Lowland Gorilla has an overall height of 44.0”-52.0” (112-132 cm) and withers height of 63.0”-72.0” (160-183 cm). An average Eastern Lowland Gorilla weighs between 220-460 lb (100-210 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity).

Series of front and back drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in various postures
The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four Eastern gorilla subspecies. Eastern lowland gorillas are sociable and peaceful animals that feast on fruits, stems and bark, and small insects. Their coats are jet black, and the hair greys as the animal matures; this is known as ‘silverback’.

The typical Eastern Lowland Gorilla has an overall height of 44.0”-52.0” (112-132 cm) and withers height of 63.0”-72.0” (160-183 cm). An average Eastern Lowland Gorilla weighs between 220-460 lb (100-210 kg) and has a typical lifespan of 30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity).

Series of front and back drawings of the Eastern Lowland Gorilla in various postures
Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Height:
44.0”-52.0” | 112-132 cm
Width:
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Depth:
Standing Height
63.0”-72.0” | 160-183 cm
Weight:
220-460 lb | 100-210 kg
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Scientific Name
Gorilla beringei
Lifespan
30-40 (wild), 40-60 (captivity)

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Eastern Lowland Gorilla side elevation, side (standing), side (person), front, back, front (sitting)

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