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Rainforests of the World
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Rainforests of the World

It's not just the amount of rain but how often it falls that defines a rainforest. Most are found near the equator, in a band that runs from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn.

Explore the diverse plants and animals that live in the world's rainforests, learn more about this biome, and find out what you can do to help conservation efforts.

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Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Tropical birds fly, poison dart frogs hop, sloths hang, and golden lion tamarin monkeys scamper among thousands of rainforest plants. Meet these animals and more in a virtual visit. More...

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National Aquarium
Amazonia Explorer!

Amazonia Explorer!

What mysteries does Amazonia hold? Find out as you seek answers for museum researchers in this rainforest game. More...

Game
PBS
Facts About Rainforests

Facts About Rainforests

Did you know more than 56,000 square miles of natural forest are lost each year? Get more cool facts. Then take the quiz to see if you're a tropical "novice" or "trooper." More...

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The Nature Conservancy
In Guatemala’s Rainforest, a Huff and a Croak

In Guatemala’s Rainforest, a Huff and a Croak

Sit back, close your eyes, and listen to the sounds of the rainforest. Then check out the Wild Sound Animal Cards. More...

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NPR
Living with Sumatran Elephants

Living with Sumatran Elephants

Call them "ecosystem engineers." The Asian elephants who live in the rainforest physically change the habitat around them. Check out the work of this Elephant Flying Squad. More...

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EARTH A New Wild/PBS
Build a Mini Rainforest

Build a Mini Rainforest

Make your own rainforest in a jar or fish tank to see firsthand how heat and water mix in this environment. More...

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Kid's Ecology Corp
Rainforest Videos

Rainforest Videos

Who's working to save the rain forests? Find out in this series of videos from Brazil, Costa Rica, Borneo, Canada, and Hawaii. More...

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The Nature Conservancy
Saving Rainforests with Medicinal Plants

Saving Rainforests with Medicinal Plants

Increasingly, medical researchers are searching rainforests for remedies to everything from toothache pain to childhood leukemia. Get the details. More...

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Mongabay.com
Rainforest Wallpapers

Rainforest Wallpapers

The world's rainforests are rich resources of life, but they are in grave danger. Browse this gallery of images to see what's at risk, and download your favorites as wallpaper. More...

Images
The Nature Conservancy
Severe Drought Has Lasting Effects on Amazon

Severe Drought Has Lasting Effects on Amazon

Even the Amazon rain forest has experienced drought. Discover the long-term effects of water shortage here and the role global warming plays. More...

Article
Nature
Human Uses of Rainforests

Human Uses of Rainforests

You and all other humans on the planet leave a mark. In the case of rainforests, our mark can be as harmful as helpful. Discover how in this case study from the Amazon. More...

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BBC
Interview with Shauneen Giudice

Interview with Shauneen Giudice

Giudice, who traveled to Costa Rica to study caterpillars, answered students' questions about the rainforest. Find out how it smells, the most amazing thing she learned, and more. More...

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