Rainforests Around the World

I am a teacher at North Aiken Elementary.  Our class is studying Rainforests.  This page is part of our study.

Rainforests are most commonly found in low altitude zones near the equator where the climate is hot and wet all year round.  The average temperature is approximately 81F (27C).  The annual rainfall is about 80-160 in. (200-400 cm).  The rain along with the high temperatures makes the air in the rainforest cling like a cloud.  Rainforests are found in Central America, South America, Africa, India, Southeast Asia, and Northeast Australia.  The largest area of contiguous rainforest is found in the Amazon and Orinoco river basins in South America.  

Click here to go to the student map.  Print the map and then find and color the areas of the world that are rainforest.


The combination of constant warmth and moisture found in the rainforest helps many plants grow.  The variety of plants supply food for many different kinds of animals.  To learn more about the plants and animals of the rainforests, click on the links below. 

Main Page

Rainforests Layers

Rainforest Animals

Rainforest Links


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(January, 2002)