By Lauren Hauberg

Five Common Tropical Rainforest Plants

1. Coccoloba (Coccoloba pubescens)
2. Talipot Palm (Corypha umbraculifera)
3. Peacock Plant (Calathea makoyana)
4. Bauhinia (Bauhinia blakeana)
5. Ilang-Ilang (Cananga odorata)

Five Common Animals of the Rainforest

1. Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes)
2. Toco Toucan (Ramphastos Toco)
3. Boa Constrictor (Boa Constrictor)
4. Blue Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates Azureus)
5. Jaguar (Panthera Onca)

Endangered Animals In the Rainforest

The three toed sloth is an endangered species found in the rainforest. They are known for being incredibly slow-moving which is a leading cause of their endangerment. In trees they can avoid predators, but if found on the ground they have no defense against jaguars, anacondas, etc. Moving at only about 5 ft/min on the ground they are easy targets for many carnivores. Also, because of the demolition of the rainforests, sloths, along with many other rainforest-dwelling animals, are losing their home.

Average Precipitation and Rainfall

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The tropical rainforest has a relatively constant temperature throughout the year. The average temperature is 22°C (70°F) and it usually stays within a 2.2°C range. The monthly precipitation in tropical rainforests varies greatly depending on the season. The annual precipitation is 262 cm (103 in).