The Southeast Asian rainforests are the oldest, consistent rainforests on Earth, dating back to the Pleistocene Epoch 70 million years ago. It has a biological richness and diversity unequaled by that of the Amazon or African rainforests. Yet Southeast Asia is losing its rainforests faster than any equatorial region, and has the fewest remaining primary rainforests. It is projected that most of the primary rainforests of Southeast Asia will be destroyed in the next 10 years.
Rainforest Food Chain
Southeast Asia Tropical Rainforest Food Web by Nalinthip Sadabjit on Prezi
This is an African Rainforest Food Web. See if you can identify all the parts of the food web that make this a functioning, healthy ecosystem. Look for:. To make black and white copies for your whole class, see the copy-friendly version below.
Rainforest Food Chains
The rainforest is one of the best places on the planet to see the food chain in action. Each species plays a critical role in the complex ecosystem, but an animal must be strong, healthy and fierce to make it to the top of the tropical rainforest food chain. The rainforest food chain includes levels like the primary and secondary consumers, such as monkeys, ocelots and birds of prey, as well as the apex predators atop the chain, such as the jaguars, crocodiles and green anacondas. Down at the ground level are the producers, such as the trees, shrubs and plants on which many rainforest animals depend on for food and shelter. Also down there are the decomposers, like mushrooms, termites and worms.
The rainforest food chain is less like a direct food chain and more like a food web - intricate and complicated chains within a larger web. It's fascinating to consider that every living organism within the tropical rainforest depends on another living organism to survive! The intricacy of this food web is exquisite in design with several different chains or levels of the food chain represented in what is known as the rainforest. Simplifying the food chain of the rainforest is somewhat helpful for understanding it better, so let's start with the four main levels of the food chain or web.