Most of the rainforest found in the "Australian" region lies on the world's second largest island, New Guinea.
Australia, the world's smallest continent, has small sections of forest on the Cape York peninsula in the extreme Northeastern part of the country. Australia once had more rainforest cover but thousands of years of fires for agriculture has left much of the continent too dry to support wet tropical forest.
Although technically not part of any forest realm, islands in the Pacific -- like Hawaii, Tahiti, and Fiji -- also have rainforest cover. Typically these volcanic islands had unique plant and animal species prior to the arrival of humans.
May I use graphics from mongabay.com for my projects? Yes, you may provided that you don't remove the mongabay label from the images. You may use information from the site for class projects and can cite kids.mongabay.com as the source.
Is this web site credible? Mongabay is the world's most popular source for information on tropical forests. The site is highly acclaimed by a number of the world's leading tropical scientists and is run independently, meaning it is has no affiliation with advocacy groups or outside corporations. Rhett Butler, who founded Mongabay in 1999 and runs the site today, has published several scientific papers.
Can I interview the founder of mongabay.com for my school project? Unfortunately due to the large number of requests and the need to work on the main Mongabay site, Rhett is not available for interviews. However he has answered some common questions on the Rainforest Interview page.
Do you have any games or activities? Currently there are a few on the resources page. There may be more in the future.