is not the complete list of endemic
animals in the rainforest, but rather a description of
some more obvious ones.
an endemic animal?
Just like endemic
plants, it is an animal that is found nowhere else in the
South and Central America Rainforest
endemic to South and Central America are jaguars,
ocelots and cougars; many
species of monkeys and lizards;
poison dart frogs
and birds such as macaws
are also endemic to Americas, although to South, Central and North
Africa and Madagascar The
endemic to African
rainforests are large, intelligent primates such as gorillas
used to live in India and Middle East but
are now restricted to Africa; plus many species of reptiles, snakes and frogs.
is one of the classic places - just like Australia, it has
been isolated from the rest of the world since the breakup of Gondwana
75% of its animal species are endemic. Examples include species of
aye-ayes, indris, sifakas, fossas, fanalokas, chameleons
India and South-east Asia
Rainforest animals restricted to India and South-east Asia are tigers,
snow leopards, clouded leopards and Bornean leopards. Primates found
nowhere else are orangutans
and many species of monkeys. And as
elsewhere, there are numerous other mammals, amphibians and reptiles
found nowhere else.
Australia and Oceania
Like Madagascar, Australia
has been isolated from the rest of the world
since the breakup of Gondwana
continent. This has created a unique
fauna with many endemic animals such as kangaroos, koalas and other
species of marsupials. The ones that inhabit rainforests are tree
many species of lizards and ringtail possums,
in the southern temperate rainforests -
The famous endemic Australian
birds are kookaburras;
is only shared with New Guinea.
New Zealand has also been isolated for a long time. They've got many
endemic species of birds such as kiwis,
kakapos, keas, takahes etc;
famous large insects like wetas,
and reptiles like
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