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Fun Facts for Kids about the Rainforest in Belize

by Debra Pachucki

The Belize Rainforest is a source of mystique and awe for children and grown-ups alike. Share these interesting fun facts about this magical place with kids to educate and fascinate them with the mind-boggling wonders of one of nature’s most intriguing places.

Geography

The Belize Rainforest is vast, covering half of this Central American country. The Belize Rainforest features the lush dense jungle that most people associate with rainforests, but it also has other distinct geographic features, due to its location between the temperate northern and tropical southern regions of the Americas. The Belize Rainforest is home to thousands of mountainous and underground caves, herb trails, river valleys, foothills, tropical waterfalls and even pine trees. The Belize Rainforest is so vast, remote and isolated that to this day, some of it remains almost entirely unexplored.

Plant Life

The Belize Rainforest is home to thousands of species of plants, trees and flowers. In the Belize Rainforest, over 4,000 species of tropical flowers grow, with over 500 species of orchid alone. The Belize Rainforest is also home to the poinsettia -- the traditional Christmas flower, and the popcorn bush, whose blossoms resemble bunches of fresh popped, buttery popcorn.

Animal Facts

The Belize Rainforest is replete with unique and diverse animals, many of which are only in this special rainforest habitat. It is home to the jabiru stork, which is the largest flying bird in all of North, Central and South America. The rainforest in Belize is also home to the black howler monkey, which gets its name from the loud sound it makes. In fact, the black howler monkey howls so loud, researchers have reported hearing it from over two miles away.

Archaeology

Perhaps the most special, fascinating fact about the rainforest in Belize is its abundance of archeological treasures. The cave systems in the rainforest form an ancient network the ancient Mayans used who lived there thousands of years ago. The rainforest is home to many Mayan ruins, including temples, pottery and even -- in some caves -- human remains.

About the Author

Debra Pachucki has been writing in the journalistic, scholastic and educational sectors since 2003. Pachucki holds a Bachelor's degree in education and currently teaches in New Jersey. She has worked professionally with children of all ages and is pursuing a second Masters degree in education from Monmouth University.

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