10 Fun Facts About Rainforest Animals

After launching our new Rainforest Collection, we thought it would be fun to share some fun facts about some of the animals that inspired the collection as well as other animals that live in rainforests, in honour of World Rainforest Day on the 22nd of June 2022!

Sloth in Panama

FACT 1

We share 98.7% of our genetic blueprint with chimpanzees and bonobos, meaning they are our closest living relatives!

FACT 2

Sloths are the slowest mammals on earth, so slow that their fur grows algae due to their sedentary lifestyle! It gets a greenish tint from the plant, which is useful for camouflaging in trees where they mostly inhabit, gripping branches with their powerful claws.

FACT 3

The trunk of an elephant contains around 150,000 muscles. As well as drinking water through their trunks, which can hold up to eight litres of water, they also use their trunks as a snorkel when swimming!

FACT 4

The green iguana's bony tail makes up almost half of its length and can be used to drive off predators. The tails of these animals can also be detached if they are caught, and they can then grow new ones!

FACT 5

The head of a hippo has its nose, ears, and eyes sticking out above the surface of the water, while the sides and the rest of its body are submerged under the water. This way, the hippo can still see and hear when submerged.

FACT 6

Toucans are known for their large colourful bills, which are one of the longest lengths of any bird in the world, sometimes even being as long as the bird's body.

FACT 7

Despite its small size, dart frogs come in a variety of bright colours, signalling to potential predators that they're toxic and should be left alone!

FACT 8

The thick, oily fur of Okapis helps them stay dry in the constant rainfall of the forest. A scent gland is also present on the bottom of each hoof, which aids the animal in marking its territory.

FACT 9

Besides tigers and lions, jaguars are the world's third largest cat. Although leopards have many spots, jaguars have a complex pattern with many spots with a dot in the centre.

FACT 10

Blue morpho butterflies flutter through the rainforest canopy with their bright, brilliant blue wings. Its underside is dotted with small, brown eyespots that fool predators into thinking the butterfly is a large predator.

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