Rainforests belong to the wet climate group of ecosystems. There are Temperate rainforests and Tropical rainforests. While the Temperate rainforest occur in the colder and milder climates, the Tropical rainforest is mostly found in the equatorial zone spanning the north or south areas of the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
The temperatures in this ecosystem range between 20 °C and 34 °C. The annual average rainfall is also very high, about 125 to 660 cm on an average. Thus the climate in these rainforest regions remains hot and wet.
Roosevelt elk are sometimes known as Olympic elk and they are the largest of the big game animals. A mature bull may weigh as much as 1,000 pounds or even more, but on the average they will weigh much less. Both male and female elk have a dark-colored neck mane. Antlers of the males are heavy, and tend to rise straighter and with much less spread than antlers of the Rocky Mountain elk.
The greatest difference between Roosevelt elk and Rocky Mountain elk is in their habits and distribution. Roosevelt elk choose to live in the rain forests of the Pacific coast. They prefer the logged and burned over areas of the coastal mountains and the western slope of the Cascades. Upon finding an area which meets their needs they spend their entire lives there. Huckleberry, trailing wild blackberry, vine maple, salal, and other shrubs are favorite food during the late summer, fall, and winter. Weeds and grasses are preferred in the spring and early summer.
Roosevelt elk are larger in size and darker than a Rocky Mountain elk. Antlers are shorter, heavier, with a narrower spread and often "webbed" or crowned at the top.
Feeding occurs just after daylight and again in the early evening. When food becomes scarce, the elk herd must spend more time in search of it.
Roosevelt elk are sometimes known as Olympic elk and they are the largest of the big game animals. A mature bull may weigh as much...