Learn about the rainforest

By Rhett A. Butler JUNE 14, 2020

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Old-growth tropical rainforest in Sabah's Imbak Canyon, Malaysia

Mother Sumatran orangutan carrying its baby in Gunung Leuser National Park

Mist rising from the Amazon rainforest in Peru. Rainforests generate much their own rainfall through the process of transpiration.

Strawberry poison-dart frog (Oophaga pumilio) in Costa Rica's Atlantic rainforest.

Waterfall in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is home to critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Lowland tropical rainforest in Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Cacao pod in the Amazon. Cacao is used to make chocolate.

Shaman, or traditional medicine-men, use plants to heal people. But shaman are disappearing as the Amazon rainforest is cut down.

Knobbed hornbill from Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Panther chameleon in Eastern Madagascar.

Male silverback gorilla in Gabon.

A boat moving down a tributuary of the Amazon river in Peru

A three-toed sloth in Panama.

Red cup mushroom (Cookeina speciosa) in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica rainforest

Indri lemur, the largest lemur species, in Madagascar.

Male green kingfisher in Costa Rica.

Green iguana in Colombia

Young orangutan in Sumatra, Indonesia

Blue-and-yellow macaw in Peru

A blackwater lake in the Peruvian Amazon. Tannins in the water from decaying leaves make blackwater highly reflective, almost like a mirror in some cases.

Clown tree frog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus) in the Colombian Amazon.

Praying mantis in the rainforest in Suriname.

Adult Sumatran orangutan in Indonesia

Uroplatus fimbriatus gecko in Madagascar's rainforest.

Asian Vine Snake in South Kalimantan, Indonesia.

Male and Female Sulawesi Wrinkled Hornbill (Aceros cassidix) in Tangkoko National Park, Indonesia.

Lowland rainforest in Sabah, Malaysia.

The harpy eagle is the world's largest bird of prey. It lives in Latin American rainforests.

Caterpillar in Bolivia.

Borugo (Agouti taczanowskii), a large Amazon rainforest rodent.

Flying dragon in the canopy of a rainforest in Borneo, Malaysia.

The Javari river where it forms the border between Peru and Brazil.

Waterfall in Lambir Hills National Park, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo.

A colorful grasshopper in Costa Rica's rainforest.

Monitor lizard (Varanus salvator) emerging from a tree hollow in West Malaysia.

Great hornbill in Thailand

Interior of a strangler fig in China's Yunnan Province.

Dani man in Indonesian New Guinea.

Yellow flower in Vietnam's Cuc Phong.

Rainforest in Madagascar.

Glass frog in Costa Rica.

Blue poison dark frog from Suriname.

Living dipterocarp tree in Sumatra, Indonesia.

Male cock-of-the-rock birds in the Amazon.

Clouds over a tributary of the Amazon.

Pink katydid in the Amazon rainforest.

Camping in the Amazon rainforest.

Bat in the Amazon rainforest.

Kinabatangan River in Malaysian Borneo.

Flooded forest in the Amazon.


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