The animals of the Amazon Rain Forest are amazing creatures with some pretty cool abilities to survive in such a unique environment. Many of them are extremely bright and colorful and almost look they aren’t real. If your children enjoy learning about animals they are going to have a lot of fun learning about this unique, and beneficial habitat in our world.
My children love learning about animals and the homes that they live in. They became very fascinated with animals of the Amazon Rain Forest after watching the movies Rio and Rio 2. They are such cute movies, and some of our favorites to watch together as a family. The second movie is a lot of fun because it takes place primarily in the Amazon Rain forest. It shows quite the fun cast of animals and birds that live there, as well as the large tree canopies and habitats that are high in the sky. It is home to many diverse, unusual and rare animals that can only be found in South America.
The Amazon Rain Forest is a mysterious and beautiful place full of lots of bright colors. It is located in the valley of South America which is called the Amazon Basin. This rainforest provides 20% of the world’s oxygen through the wonderful tree canopies and plants that make up the rainforest. It rains quite frequently in the rainforest. Most of this comes from the high humidity as well as the snow melt off from the Andes mountains. All of this rain makes for a very lush, growing environment.
Fun Facts about the Amazon Rain Forest:
- The Amazon Rain Forest is located in South America. It is the largest rain forest in the World.
- It covers around 6% of the entire World’s surface.
- The Amazon Rain Forest covers around 2,720,000 square miles of the Amazon Basin.
- It is home to over 40,000 different plants.
- Many plants send out poisonous toxins to protect themselves from being eaten by animals.
- It is home to over 2,000 species of animals.
- The Amazon Rain Forest is known as the “Lungs of the Earth”. It produces 20% of the world’s oxygen supply because of all of the trees.
- It is home to 3,000 types of fish.
- The Amazon Rain Forest has close to three million insects!
FREE Animals of the Amazon Rainforest Printables:
Enchanted Learning has tons of free printables on individual rainforest animals and habitats. This would be great to use if you are researching a specific animal.
Learn Create Love has over 10 different printable crafts for certain animals that live in the rainforest. These are so adorable and can be printed out, cut, colored and/or painted.
Layers of the Rainforest:
The Amazon Rainforest has 4 different layers of life to it. These are the: emergent layer, canopy layer, understory layer, and forest floor. Each layer is home to different plants and wildlife. Here are some printables to show your children the different layers and where they are located.
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Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!