The Virtual Rainforest
A Neotropical Rainforest
Rainforest Research


Tree Seedlings

Forest Flowers



Army Ants

Bullet Ants
Leafcutter Ants

Rhinoceros Beetle

Swallowtail Butterfly



Keel-billed Toucan

Howler Monkeys

White-faced Monkeys

Three-toed Sloth
Baird's Tapir
White-lipped Peccary
Reptiles and Amphibians:
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Poison Dart Frog
Helmeted Iguana
Eyelash Viper
Terciopelo Viper
Spectacled Caiman
American Crocodile
Human Systems:
Rainforest Boy
Rainforest Girl
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Rainforest Research

About the Authors





Janet, a girl who lives in the rainforests of Nicaragua

Hi, my name is Janette. I am twelve years old. I live in Nicaragua on a small farm with my parents, brothers and sisters, and cousins. My oldest sister is 31 years old, my youngest brother is eight. There are twelve of us brothers and sisters!

My family's farm is part of a cooperative, where a group of farmers work together. We raise cows, chickens, corn, beans, rice, bananas, and coconuts.

I go to school in a small school with my brother Antonio, my sister Patricia, and many of my cousins. My father is the teacher at the school.

Around our house is rainforest that I visit sometimes. We have to cut some trees down occasionally to make chairs for the school or fix our house.

The thing I'm holding is a fruit from a tree called Poponjoche.









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Michigan State University

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