The Living Rainforest

Learning resources

Yellow-knobbed curassow

Yellow-knobbed curassows live in the forests of Colombia and Venezuela in South America. They are often found near river valleys and water holes during the dry season, or in grassy...

Rosy periwinkle

This pretty plant from Madagascar gives us two very important cancer-fighting medicines: vinblastine and vincristine. Vinblastine has helped increase the chance of surviving childh...

Giant taro

Giant taros have the largest un-split leaf in the world, reaching two metres long. The giant leaves are ideally adapted to absorbing the small amount of light that reaches the rain...

Philippines jade vine

The Philippines Jade Vine has some of the most extraordinary flowers of any plant. Enormous, metre-long spikes of brilliant turquoise blooms hang from the scrambling stems usually ...

Blue poison dart frog

Blue poison dart frogs are found in only a few isolated areas of rainforest in Suriname and northern Brazil, so were only discovered in 1969. They are diurnal, which means they are...

Emerald tree boa

Emerald tree boas, as their name suggests, are a tree dwelling species, spending most of their time high up in the foliage. They prefer to be solitary. They are found in lowland tr...

CITES Appendix explained

CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) is an international agreement between governments.

Goeldi’s monkey

Goeldi’s monkeys live in family groups of six to eight in South American rainforests. The parents and siblings keep close, rarely moving more than 15 metres apart, whilst older s...