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Countries with Rainforests 2024

A diverse assortment of green vegetation, flowers, animals and insects and a minimum of 60-80 inches of year classify as rainforests. Countries with rainforests thrive in both tropical and temperate climates.

Where to Find Tropical Rainforests

You will find tropical rainforests near the equator, both south and north of it. They typically have a wet and a dry season. However, they experience more rainfall than a temperate rainforest, which totals anywhere from 80 to 400 inches per year.

Temperatures usually range from 75-85 degrees, and the humidity levels usually measure at 77%-88%. Tropical rainforests have more diverse wildlife than countries with rainforests in temperature climates.

The Largest Tropical Rainforest

The largest tropical rainforest, the Amazon, spreads to Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil and Venezuela. It also reaches Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana. It has become home to about 2.5 million kinds of insects, probably because of the humidity.

About 40,000 plant species and approximately 1,300 different birds also live in the Amazon Rainforest. On land, an estimated 427 unique mammals also roam. In the water, you’d find an estimated 3,000 fish species.

4 Other Large Tropical Rainforests


More than half of this rainforest consists of primary forest that existed since ancient times and remains undisturbed by humans. This portion, which equals about 60 percent, resides in the Democratic Republic of Congo. You’d find the rest of it in Cameroon, Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea.


Australiasia, the third-largest tropical rainforest in the world, covers New Guinea and Northeastern Australia. It also stretches across strings of smaller islands that used to be connected to one another during the Ice Age.


Borneo, Sumatra, and Java makes up portions of Sundaland, the fourth-largest tropical forest. As reported between 2002-2019, Borneo has lost 15 percent of its forest and Sumatra lost 25 percent.


The fifth-largest tropical forest of Indo-Burma contains a mixed array of forest, plantations and secondary forests of replanted trees. As reported by 2001, it lost about 12 percent of its tree coverage and 8 percent of its primary forests. Most of the leftover primary forests exist in Myanmar.

Where to Find Temperate Rainforests

You can find some temperate rainforests in Chile, the United Kingdom, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, and southern Australia. They also stretch from Prince William Sound in Alaska, through the British Columbia Coast in Canada, and to Northern California in the United States.

Temperatures range from 50-70 degrees. The annual rainfall usually totals between 60 and 200 inches in temperature rainforests.

The largest animal diversity in temperature rainforests seems to be birds, totaling at least 250-300 types. They only contain up to 25 different kinds of trees, and they don’t have nearly as many large animals.

  • Rainforests listed are the largest and/or most well-known in each country. Additionally, lesser and unlisted rainforests may exist.

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Rainforest Name
# of Major Rainforests
IndonesiaAustraliasia, Sundaland, Wallacea, Southeast Asian Rainforest, Borneo Lowland Rain Forest, Kayan Mentarang National Park6
AustraliaAustraliasia (Tasmanian temperate rainforests), Daintree Rainforest, Eastern Australian Rainforest, Fraser Island, Tasmanian Temperate Rain Forests5
United StatesTongass National Forest, Pacific Temperate Rainforest, Hoh Rainforest, Quinault Rainforest4
ArgentinaAtlantic forest, Valdivian temperate forests, Iguazú National Park3
MalaysiaSundaland (Borneo Lowland Rain Forest, Kinabalu National Park, Kayan Mentarang National Park)3
Papua New GuineaAustraliasia, Southeast Asian Rainforest, Southeastern Papuan Rainforest3
Costa RicaMesoamerica, Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde Cloud Forest3
IndiaIndo-Burma, Sundarbans Reserve Forest2
BrazilAmazon, Atlantic forest2
BangladeshIndo-Burma, Sundarbans Reserve Forest2
ThailandIndo-Burma (Cardamom Mountains Rainforest), Khao Sok National Park2
ColombiaAmazon, Choco2
PeruAmazon, Manú National Park2
EcuadorAmazon, Choco2
BoliviaAmazon, Noel Kempff Mercado National Park2
NicaraguaMesoamerica, Bosawás Biosphere Reserve2
PanamaMesoamerica, Choco2
SurinameAmazon, Central Suriname Nature Reserve2
NigeriaWest Africa1
MexicoMesoamerica (Lacandon Jungle)1
PhilippinesLuzon Rainforest1
DR CongoCongo1
VietnamIndo-Burma (Cardamom Mountains Rainforest)1
CanadaPacific Temperate Rainforest1
GhanaWest Africa1
Ivory CoastWest Africa1
CameroonCongo, West Africa1
Sri LankaSinharaja Forest Reserve1
ChileValdivian temperate forests1
GuatemalaMesoamerica (Lacandon jungle)1
CambodiaIndo-Burma (Cardamom Mountains Rainforest)1
GuineaWest Africa1
BeninWest Africa1
HondurasMesoamerica (Río Plátano Biosphere Reserve)1
TogoWest Africa1
Sierra LeoneWest Africa1
ParaguayAtlantic forest1
El SalvadorMesoamerica1
Republic of the CongoCongo1
Central African RepublicCongo1
LiberiaWest Africa (Sapo National Park Rainforest)1
Bosnia and HerzegovinaPerućica (Sutjeska National Park)1
Equatorial GuineaCongo1
BruneiSundaland, Borneo Lowland Rain Forest1
French GuianaAmazon1
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Which countries have rainforests?

Many countries have rainforests, but some of the most well-known are those that are home to the Amazon; Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Brazil, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, and French Guiana. Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Australia, Borneo, Sumatra, Java, and even Chile and the United Kingdom are also home to rainforests.

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