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Tropical Rainforest
Icon tropicalrainforest
Game Zoo Tycoon 2
Seasons Year-round Rain
Climate Tropical
Vegetation Broadleaf Evergreens
Precipitation Very High
Temperature Hot
Rainforest Worldwide

   Tropical Rainforest is a biome in Zoo Tycoon 2.

Zoopedia Description

  • The tropical rainforest biome consists of woodland characterized by lush vegetation and comparatively high temperature and rainfall throughout the year. Rainforests are the world's most biologically diverse ecosystems. Although they account for less than 7 percent of the land surface on Earth, they contain more than 50 percent - some scientists estimate as high as 90 percent - of its plant and animal species. One hectare (about 2.5 acres) of tropical rainforest may contain more than 600 species of trees. By comparison, the forests of the United States and Canada combined contain only around 700 tree species. Even more impressive are the number and diversity of animal species that call rainforests their home. One study found more species of ants living on a single rainforest stump than exist in all of the British Isles. 
  • Rainforests also play a critical role in global climate regulation by absorbing carbon dioxide, a gas believed to be partially responsible for global warming. Plants naturally absorb carbon dioxide and give off oxygen gas in the process of photosynthesis, and tropical rainforests absorb more carbon dioxide than any other terrestrial ecosystem on earth.
  • There is general agreement among the scientific community that by absorbing some of the gas, rainforests play a vital role in lessening its impact.
  • To be classified as a rainforest, a forest must have a closed canopy, in which the treetops, or crowns, touch each other, creating a shaded forest interior. In addition, temperature and rainfall must be high and relatively even throughout the year. Forests that meet these criteria are found flanking the equator in South and Central America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. In South America, a vast, forested area of the Amazon River basin in Brazil and neighboring countries is by far the largest rainforest in the world. It encompasses more than 3.5 million sq km (about 1.4 million sq mi) - about half of the total global rainforest cover. The larger of two large rainforests in Asia is centered along the Malay Archipelago, including the islands of Borneo and Sumatra, the Malay Peninsula, and the Republic of the Philippines. The other main rainforest in Asia is found primarily on the island of New Guinea and in northern Australia. In Africa, most of the rainforest is concentrated along the Atlantic coast and the Congo River basin.


Animal Status Star Rating Location Pack
Bengal Tiger Endangered 3.5 Southeast Asia Zoo Tycoon 2
Chimpanzee Endangered 3.5 Central Africa Zoo Tycoon 2
Jaguar Low Risk 2 South America Zoo Tycoon 2
Mountain Gorilla Endangered 4 Central Africa Zoo Tycoon 2
Okapi Low Risk 2 Central Africa Zoo Tycoon 2
Black Leopard Vulnerable 3 Africa Downloads
Baird's Tapir Endangered 1.5 Central America Endangered Species
Crested Gibbon Endangered 4 Southeast Asia Endangered Species
Javan Rhinoceros Critically Endangered 3.5 Southeast Asia Endangered Species
Orangutan Endangered 4.5 Southeast Asia Endangered Species
Bongo Low Risk 0.5 Central Africa African Adventure
Mandrill Endangered 4.5 Central Africa African Adventure
Pygmy Hippopotamus Critically Endangered 4 Central Africa African Adventure
Deinonychus Extinct 2.5 North America Extinct Animals
Deinosuchus Extinct 4.5 North America Extinct Animals
Dodo Extinct 0.5 Mauritius Extinct Animals
Gigantopithecus Extinct 4.5 China Extinct Animals
Styracosaurus Extinct 1 North America Dino Danger Pack
Tyrannosaurus rex Extinct 5 North American Dino Danger Pack
Zoo Tycoon
AquaticConiferous ForestDeciduous ForestDesertGrassland
HighlandTropical RainforestSavannahSalt WaterTundra
Zoo Tycoon 2
AlpineBenthicBoreal ForestCoastalDesertGrasslandPelagic
ReefSavannahScrubTemperate ForestTropical RainforestTundraWetlands

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