Tropical rainforests are home to many kinds of mammals, ranging in size from tiny mouse lemurs to the African forest elephant. While large mammals like cats (tigers, jaguars, leopards, and small cats) and primates (including monkeys, apes, and lemurs) are best known, most rainforest mammals are small, nocturnal, and inconspicuous. Bats and rodents are the most abundant kinds of mammals in most rainforests.

Below you will find profiles for a few rainforest mammals as well as a selection of photos. Please note there is more extensive information about rainforest mammals, including specific species, at the main rainforest site.


Rainforest mammal photo gallery: Orangutan in Borneo, Wild boar, Sumatran elephant, Sumatran rhino, Jaguar, Bats, Indochinese lutung, Indri lemur, Malayan tapir, Capybara


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Review questions

  • What are examples of mammals that live in the rainforest?
  • What kind of mammals are most abundant in the rainforest?
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