On 3% of the Earth's surface, the rain forest is the habitat for half our animal species, even 80% of insects. So its wildlife is most competitive, like the birds of paradise's mating, and specialized with unique relationships of predation, parasitism etc. For plants, the quest for light is key to stratification, paralleled by interacting animals eating fruits, leaves and other animals. Even the jungle cacophony is stratified. On the soil, recycling specialist like fungi restart the cycle of life. In Central Africa even herds of elephants specialize in following self-made forest paths. Written by
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Planet Earth: Jungles
(2006) served as a major inspiration in developing the video game The Last of Us
(2013), which features a mutated strain of the cordyceps fungus infecting humans and almost destroying mankind. See more
Himself - Narrator
This is our planet's hothouse, the jungle, the tropical rainforest. Forests like these occupy only 3% of the land, yet they're home to over half of the world's species. But how do so many different kinds of plants and animals find the space here to live alongside one another?
Planet Earth Theme
Written by George Fenton
Performed by BBC Concert Orchestra See more