A Cloud Forest Food Chain: A Who-eats-what Adventure in by Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to an African cloud woodland! As you put off down the mountain course, all you spot forward is a thick tangle of vines and bamboo timber. however the cloud woodland is filled with lifestyles, from a collared sunbird soaring over a few plants to a leopard stalking an immense woodland hog. Day and evening within the cloud woodland, the quest is directly to locate nutrition - and to prevent turning into somebody else's subsequent meal. All residing issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you're taking to persist with the nutrients chain in the course of the cloud wooded area? Will you . . . Watch a fierce honey badger conflict a deadly snake? Slink besides an African golden cat because it tails its prey? Munch on a few leaves with a relatives of mountain gorillas? persist with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!

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Famous chimpanzee expert Jane Goodall shares what she’s learned about these endangered animals through her life’s work. Matthews, Tom. Light Shining Through the Mists: A Photobiography of Dian Fossey. : National Geographic Children’s Books, 1998. Beautiful photographs highlight scientist Dian Fossey’s study of gorillas in Rwanda. Pimm, Nancy Roe. The Heart of the Beast. Plain City, OH: Darby Creek, 2007. Pimm tells the stories of eight well-known gorillas, with information on gorilla behavior, diet, and development.

Already birds are cautiously approaching, hoping to clean up the dead bees. But they’ll wait until the honey badger leaves. The honey badger pauses in his destruction of a beehive. He has heard the cry of a tree hyrax in trouble. Well, his work here is finished. He sets out to see what is going on. In a clearing, he creeps up on a puff adder snake and the tree hyrax he heard. The puff adder is just pulling its long fangs from the hyrax’s body. The snake watches and waits as its venom (poison) starts to work on the twitching hyrax.

Up here, they soak in the sun and weave together to form the canopy. But more and more often, people cut down these trees. They cut sunlight them down for lumber or to clear the way for roads or farms. When water oxygen the trees are cleared, the creatures that carbon dioxide depend on them for food and shelter are never the same. The trees’ roots soak up the nutrients in the soil left behind by decomposers and the decomposing bodies of dead animals. Last night for dinner, Plants make food and oxygen through photosynthesis.

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