Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Animals in the Rainforest

For the end of the school year we are researching rainforest animals.

I asked my friend and author, Jerry Pallotta and he said I should research the cloudrunner.
The cloudrunner is also called a cloud rat and can be found in Panay, an island in the Philippines. They live in the treetops and eat fruit and leaves.  

Jerry also told me I should research leaf cutter ants which made me think about his Who Would Win books. I think Jerry should write his next book on Leaf Cutter vs. Army Ants or Bullet Ants.  
Leaf Cutter Ants Vs.
Army Ants Vs.
Bullet Ants
 Who do you think would win?

Here are the questions I need to answer for my project:
  1. What is the name of your rainforest animal?
  2. What does your animal look like?
  3. What type of body covering does your animal have?
  4. Which rainforest layer is your animal's home - forest floor, understory, canopy, or emergent layer?
  5. How does your animal move?
  6. What does your animal like to eat?
  7. Name some of your animal's enemies.
  8. List 5 interesting facts you have learned about your rainforest animal.
  9. Draw a picture of your rainforest animal in its natural habitat.
  10. Draw a chart that shows the food chain of this animal.  Remember to include plants, water, prey, etc.
Which animal should I research? What is your favorite rainforest animal and why? Share pictures and links too!

Here's my first Glossi:


  1. As usual, I absolutely love your blog!
    My favorite rainforest animal is the Okapi. Okapis look like a mix of a short giraffe and a zebra; they have a velvet like covering which is dark red on their backs an stripped black and white on their legs. The Okapi lives on the forest floor in areas of the rainforest which are not super dense with plant life. Okapis are very active during the day and get around by walking and running. The Okapi is a herbivore that likes to eat tree leaves, fruit, grass and sometimes even fungus. The Okapi’s main predators are the leopard and humans. The largest threat is actually deforestation, much like many other animals in the rain forest.
    Some interesting facts about the Okapi are:
    1. The Okapi’s tongue is 18 inches long.
    2. The Okapi has been called a forest giraffe and an African unicorn.
    3. Okapi’s eat more than 100 different varieties of plant.
    4. It is estimated that there are less than 10,000 Okapis in the wild.
    5. The Okapi was discovered in 1901, which means we have only known they have existed for a little over 100 years!
    I am not the best at art so I am just attaching a YouTube video for now:

  2. Here is a link to the white-faced monkey that was our neighbor when we were in Costa Rico:

    I took several pictures of these monkeys throughout Costa Rico, but there was this one who was right outside our door when we were in the rainforest. I have more pictures that I took of white-faced monkeys while in Costa Rico, but did not want to many links in my reply.

    Here, though, is a link to find out facts about the white-faced monkeys in Costa Rico:

  3. Hi Curran,

    I’m so excited to hear about your rainforest project! I loved learning about the rainforest in school. When I was in second grade, our class play was “The Great Kapok Tree,” I was a monkey 
    I would love to travel to the tropical rainforest one day too! Did you know that we have a temperate rainforest here in Washington state?

    I don’t know which ant would win – they all look pretty intimidating to me!

    I have a lot of favorite rainforest animals. I’ve always loved the big cats like the jaguars and leopards, but I decided to look more in to one of the rainforest birds. I read up on the Hyacinth Macaw, which mostly resides in southern Brazil and Western Bolivia.

    The Hyacinth Macaw is the largest member of the parrot family. They weigh over 3 pounds and are over 3 feet tall. Their wingspan is over 4 feet! They have beautiful bright blue feathers and life in the rainforest canopy – nesting in holes in the trees. Initially I thought the bright blue would stand out, but apparently it blends in well with the leaves, fruits and shadows of the trees.

    They fly a lot each day to find food. They eat a log of fruit, nuts and seeds, along with some insects and snails. They specialize in eating hard fruits and nuts of palm trees. They actually have a bone inside their tongue which they use to tap into fruits.

    Adult Hyacinth Macaws apparently do not have any known predators in the wild, however, they suffer from habitat loss and illegal capture by humans for the pet trade. Unhatched macaw eggs are frequently eaten by toucans and possums!

    Some other fun facts about hyacinth macaws are:
    They are very intelligent and curious birds – they have been known to use tools and looking and playing with new objects.
    They can live to be up to 80 years old!
    Their calls are very loud screams and squawks; they can also imitate other sounds
    They usually live in pairs and in family groups. The family flock can be large as 100 birds! After adults choose a mate, they usually stay together for life!

    Some links:

  4. Curran, I think you already know far more about the rainforest than I do. I have never taken the time to learn about any of the animals you wrote about.
    I hope that whichever animal you chose, you will post what you learn on your blog so that I can learn more from you.

  5. Aloha Curran,
    Here are five facts about the Jambu Fruit Dove. I find them very interesting and they have some real special traits.
    1) They are hard to catch because their feathers will come out when touched.
    2) Feeding from fruit in trees or fruit found on the ground is the only time they can be found in a flock.
    3) They are the only birds that totally submerge their beaks in water over their nostrils to drink.
    4) The female lays only one or two eggs and both parents incubate the egg or eggs.
    5) The hatchling is fed within an hour of birth with dove's milk which is a secretion that both parents make in their crops.
    Hope this makes you want to find out more.
    A hui ho,
    Mrs. Jacobs

  6. Alright dear Curran...I TOTALLY have the three BEST BEST BEST animals for YOU!! First is the Aye-Aye because it just has a really cool name. Second is the glass frog because it just is freaky looking. Third is the Candiru Fish because of how it can...ummmm....get inside you :). All three will amaze your class.

  7. Hi Curran,

    Our favourite rainforest animal is the Binturong, found in the dense rainforests of Southeast Asia. They have thick, black fur, a long, muscular tail, and long, stiff, white whiskers and look like a cross between a raccoon and a cat. They can get pretty big, up to five feet and feed off fruit and other, small rainforest animals and are nocturnal. They communicate with one another by scent marks and are incredibly vicious. Keep your distance! A very cool animal indeed.

    My personal favourite, is the Bengal tiger for the obvious reasons that it is a beautiful, huge and majestic animal and is the apex predator of the rainforests! Interesting fact about tigers, it is their skin that is striped, not their fur. If you were to shave a tiger, they would still retain their stripes!

    Hope that helps and good luck!


  8. Hi Curran- My favorite rainforest animal is the Amazona Vittata, the true Puerto Rican parrot. The very sad thing about these parrots is that they are becoming extinct! There are only about 85 of these parrots left and all of them reside in the El Yunque rainforest. El Yunque is a very special place and I hope that you might get there some day! Here is a link to some info on the parrots-

    Good luck with your project and please post it for us when you are finished!!

  9. Hi Curran!

    Another great question - especially as so much of our world's rainforests are being demolished and clear-cut.

    I don't know that I have a favorite animal (I kind of wish I did), but your question #4 made me curious about what rainforest layers were, so I just spent some time learning about the canopy and emergent layer (I had never heard of the second!).

    I would now say that I am most interested in the canopy layer - if I were a rainforest animal I would love to play up so high in the treetops every day.

    Thanks for asking a question that made me so curious!

  10. Hey Curran,

    Looks like a great project you're doing for school. My favorite jungle animal is the Toucan. The Toucan is a large colorful bird with an enormous bill. They use their bills for defense and as a feeding tool. They eat fruit, eggs, insects and small reptiles and live in tree hollows, high up in the rainforest canopy. I've never seen one, but they look stunning. You should check out a photo if you have a chance.
    I hope your project goes well and I can't wait to play golf with you again!
    See you soon,