From slithering anacondas to fluttering blue morpho butterflies, rainforests teem with life—in fact, these precious ecosystems are home to 80 percent of the world’s terrestrial biodiversity. The Rainforest Alliance works hard to protect rainforests and the biodiversity within through the sustainable management of standing forests in tropical climates, the restoration of degraded land surrounding forests, and the protection of waterways. Here are 11 amazing rainforest species we are helping to protect with our innovative approach to conservation: amazing things, amazing things,amazing things
1. Blue Morpho Butterfly
With its brilliant, iridescent blue wings, the blue morpho butterfly flutters through the rainforest canopy. The many “eyespots” on its brown underside trick predators into thinking the butterfly is a large predator.
Blue morpho butterfly (Morpho peleides)
2. West Indian Manatee
The gentle giant of the ocean, the West Indian manatee can be found in the warm waters of the southern United States, the Caribbean, and the northeastern shores of Brazil. These manatees can weigh up to 1,000 pounds and grow to 10 feet in length.
West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus)