Rainforests cover 6 percent of Earth’s surface but house over half of the world’s plant and animal species. Rainforests are very dense, warm, wet forests. They are havens for millions of plants and animals. Rainforests are extremely important in the ecology of the Earth. The plants of the rainforest generate much of the Earth’s oxygen. These plants are also very important to people in other ways. Many are used in new drugs that fight disease and illness. In our tropical Rainforest exhibit you can find animals such as the Matamata Turtle, Motoro Rays, and Iguanas, just to name a few.