Rainforest Discovery

KS 1, 2, 3, 4. First, Second, Third, Fourth Stage. Ages 5 -14

DURATION: 45 mins - 55 mins

OVERVIEW: Discover the Rainforest from the comfort of your classroom! Let ZooLab’s intrepid Ranger take your pupils on an exciting journey through this important ecosystem.


Learn about the layers of the rainforest while getting hands on with our animal team members - find out why this is an ideal habitat and who eats what. Discover everything you ever wanted to know about life in the steamy tropics and why they are coming under threat.

Key Workshop Objectives:

  • Define tropical rainforest

  • Determine the locations
    of tropical rainforests

  • Explore the forest floor,
    under storey, canopy
    and emergent layer

  • Discuss adaptations
    of rainforest animals

  • Examine the reasons
    for deforestation


Free Printable Resources

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Animals often used in this workshop:


Animal requests will be accommodated where possible. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee attendance.

What is a Rainforest?

Rainforests are Earth’s oldest living ecosystem! They can be found on every continent except Antarctica and have an annual rainfall greater than two meters.

There are two different types of rainforest - temperate and tropical. Tropical rainforests are found near the equator and have an average daily temperature of 28°C - the hot, humid atmosphere creates a unique ecosystem full of biodiversity.

Rainforests consist of four layers: the forest floor, understory, canopy and emergent layer.

Rainforests once covered 14% of Earth’s surface but this has plummeted to 6% - it is estimated that we lose one and a half acres every second! With over half the planet’s species residing here, it is a vital that humanity protects this important resource.


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