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What Is a Cloud Forest?
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What Is a Cloud Forest?

Rain forests with altitude, cloud forests are found in mountainous regions. Cooler temperatures and constant cloud cover create an abundance of moisture and unique ecosystems often full of plant and animal species found nowhere else on the planet.

Take a video tour of Ecuador’s equatorial cloud forest, home to more than 40 species of hummingbirds.

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Colombia’s Cloud Forests Imperiled by Climate Change

Colombia’s Cloud Forests Imperiled by Climate Change

Rich in biodiversity, Colombia’s cloud forests have long been off limits to scientists due to armed conflicts in the area. Now, will development destroy them? More...

Article
Scientific American
Frog Hunt

Frog Hunt

Join a team of researchers on the scientific hunt for rare frogs in Costa Rica’s cloud forest. It’s a difficult expedition, but the future of these frogs depends on it. More...

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BBC
Expeditions: Island Mammals

Expeditions: Island Mammals

Getting to the remote Luzon cloud forests in the Philippines is half the battle! Click around this resource to explore all aspects of this biologically unique and diverse area. More...

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The Field Museum
Manakins: Photo Gallery

Manakins: Photo Gallery

Ecuador’s got talent! The males of some species of these small, colorful cloud forest birds “sing” with their wings, a skill aimed to impress the ladies. More...

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National Geographic
Pulse of the Planet: Australian Cloud Forest

Pulse of the Planet: Australian Cloud Forest

What happens when the temperatures of a normally cool cloud forest begins to rise? Launch this adventure to journey to an Australian cloud forest. More...

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National Science Foundation
Scientists Discover Striking New Species of Cloud-Forest Rodent in Peru

Scientists Discover Striking New Species of Cloud-Forest Rodent in Peru

Cloud forests often produce unusual animal species. Meet Isothrix barbarabrownae, a handsome, squirrel-like relative of spiny rats discovered in Peru. Can you guess who it’s named for? More...

Article
The Field Museum
The Thin Green Line: A World Without Frogs

The Thin Green Line: A World Without Frogs

What would it mean to lose the world’s frogs and other amphibians? The appearance of a fatal fungus makes this scary scenario a possibility. More...

Article
Nature
Walking in the Clouds

Walking in the Clouds

Check in on researchers as they pursue their project “Canopy in the Clouds.” It aims to bring awareness of the beauty and fragility of Costa Rica’s Monteverde cloud forest. More...

Video
National Geographic

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