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by Rhett Ayers Butler, founder and editor of mongabay.com

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About rainforests6
Rainforest wildlife22
Rainforest people40
Why are rainforests important?48
Why are rainforests being destroyed?  56
How can we save rainforests?72
About the author86
More than 150 photos

Publication DateSep 01 2011
ISBN (color)1463774575
EAN13 (color)9781463774578
ISBN (b&w)1466311169
EAN13 (b&w)9781466311169
Page Count94
Trim Size6" x 9"

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An overview of tropical rainforests for kids, based on mongabay.com's popular web site for children (kids.mongabay.com). Rainforests describes tropical rainforests, why they are important, and what is happening to them.

Rainforests, published in September 2011, is suitable for kids ages 10 and up as well as adults.

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Rhett Butler is a writer and conservationist who founded mongabay.com, a site focused on tropical rainforests; Tropical Conservation Science, an academic journal that aims to provide opportunities for scientists in developing countries to publish their research; and wildmadagascar.org, a site that highlights the spectacular cultural and biological richness of Madagascar. Apart from his web sites, Rhett's writing has appeared in The Washington Monthly, Yale Environment 360, BBC News, the Jakarta Post, Conservation Letters, Conservation Biology, GeoWorld, Biotropica, and Trends in Evolution & Ecology. Rhett has traveled widely in Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America. He has a background in economics and is based in the San Francisco Bay Area.


“Mongabay is the pre-eminent, go-to website for rainforest issues. The articles are always well-researched, well-written, and insightful. Whether you are doing research for a school research paper, looking for cool info on weird jungle creatures, or investigating a corporation that might be harming the tropical environment, Mongabay is ALWAYS the place to start!”
    Mark J. Plotkin, Ph.D., L.H.D.
    President Amazon Conservation Team
    Author, “Tales of a Shaman’s Apprentice”
“I have conducted research in the tropics for over three decades, and I can tell you that Mongabay is THE best source for important, cutting-edge news about rainforests and their imperilled wildlife. If you want to know about rainforests and nature conservation, Mongabay is hands down the best place to look.”
    William F. Laurance, Ph.D.
    Distinguished Research Professor & Australian Laureate
    Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation
    Centre for Tropical Environmental & Sustainability Science,
    School of Marine & Tropical Biology, James Cook University


Rainforests is printed on-demand, meaning books are only produced as they are ordered, which reduces excess production and waste. Rainforests is printed on acid-free paper stock supplied by an FSC-certified provider. In order to reduce its ecological footprint, Rainforests does not use glossy paper for interior pages.



Chapter 2: Rainforest Wildlife

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