The Living Rainforest

Learning resources

channel billed toucan

Channel billed toucan

Channel billed toucans rarely fly more than 100 metres at a time and prefer to bounce from branch to branch. Keeping cool The channel billed toucan’s large bill helps to reg...

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 taro has 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 rainfo...

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...

goeldi's monkey

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...

Two-toed sloth

The Linne’s two-toed sloth live in the canopy layer of tropical forests, where they spend most of their lives hanging upside down from branches. They are native to most of no...

Six-banded armadillo

Six-banded armadillos dig big dens up to two metres deep to sleep in at night, but only stay in the same place for a few days at a time. Unlike most armadillos, the six-banded is m...