It’s time for another First Friday Facebook Live.

As we head into cooler fall weather, Taylor and Nick visited the flooded Amazon rainforest exhibit on Level 3 to discuss the seasons of that area. 

Unlike temperate climates, which have four distinct season (winter, spring, summer and fall), the Amazon rainforest has two primary seasons, wet and dry. Learn about the source of the rain in the rainforest, the area’s flora and fauna, and some of the adaptations of both. Also learn about Project Piaba and how it helps people in the region and their sustainable home aquarium fish trade.

First Friday Facebook Live: Amazon's Season

Learn more about our Amazon exhibit and its animals 

Conservation Context

The Amazon rainforest is the largest remaining tropical rainforest in the world. According to the World Wildlife Federation, it also houses at least 10 percent of the world’s known biodiversity with many species of plants and animals found only in this region. The Amazon River is home to the largest number of freshwater fish species in the world. 
This amazingly diverse environment is facing ongoing threats from human activities, including deforestation. While deforestation in the Amazon basin has declined since 2004, scientists say that as of 2017, roughly 17 percent of the Amazon rainforest had been destroyed.