Vocabulary

Biodiversity: The variety of life forms (plants and animals) within an ecosystem.

Ecosystem: All living plants and animals and the non-living environment where they interact together.

Habitat: An area where plants and animals live and find what they need to survive - water, food, shelter, space, plants.

Rainforest: A type of forest found mostly in the tropical regions of the world. The "Tropics" are found just north and south of the equator where the mean temperature doesn't drop below 64 degrees F.

Species: A group of plants or animals with certain common features.

Extinction: When a certain species of plant or animal disappears forever.

Endangered: Animals, plants and insects that are being destroyed so rapidly that they may cease to exist without better protection from us.

Primate: One of a group of animals that includes humans, apes and monkeys.

Marmoset and Tamarin: Small monkeys found in certain parts of Central and South America.

Capuchin Monkey: A type of monkey found in Central or South America. Larger than the marmosets or tamarins. Called the "chimpanzees of the New World."

Spider Monkey: A type of monkey found in Central and South America. They have long arms and tails that allow them to move quickly and graceully through the trees.

Sanctuary: A place of safety.

Pesticide: A chemical substance used to control insects that are harmful to plant growth.

Habitat: An area where plants and animals live and find what they need to survive - water, food, shelter, space.

Organic: Grown without the use of chemicals.

Animal Research: Where scientists use animals to study different products and diseases. Monkeys are used because some of their reactions may be similar to humans. Much of this research is unnecessary and causes suffering to the animals used.

Social: Need to be in the company of others of their species.