Orangutan in Borneo


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.



  • Bolivian Gray Titi
  • Dusky Titi Monkey
  • Ebony Langur
  • Golden Lion Tamarin
  • Gorilla
  • Lemurs
  • Long-Tailed Macaque
  • Macaque
  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Orangutan
  • Proboscis Monkey
  • Spectral Tarsier
  • Squirrel Monkey
  • Wied's Tufted-Eared Marmoset
  • Woolly Monkey
  • CATS
  • Jaguar
  • Ocelot

  • African Forest Buffalo
  • Agouti
  • Babirusa
  • Bat
  • Bearded Pig
  • Capybara
  • Coatimundi
  • Elephant
  • Giant Anteater
  • Giant River Otter
  • Malayan Tapir
  • Okapi
  • Sloth
  • Sumatra Rhino
  • Tapir
  • Wild Boar

  • By Rhett Butler

    Date published: June 24, 2004 | Last updated: December 5, 2015