The Top 10 World's Largest Forests

Forests are an utter must for human life. They host more than half of the world's biodiversity and are home to valuable natural resources such as freshwater. There are many magnificent trees, which occupy about one-third of the total land area on the planet. 

The following is a list of the world's largest forests, along with information about what makes each one special.

1. Amazon Rainforest


  • Area: 2,300,000 square miles
  • Forest Category: Broadleaf Rainforest
  • Established: From 56 million years to 33.9 million years ago
  • Country: South America
  • Prominent Wildlife: Jaguars and Tapirs

2. Congo Rainforest


  • Area: 781,249 square miles
  • Forest Category: Tropical Rainforest
  • Established: late 19th century
  • Country: Africa
  • Prominent Wildlife: Leopards, Okapi, and Hippos

3. Valdivian Temperate Rainforest


  • Area: 95,800 square miles
  • Forest Category: Temperate Rainforest
  • Established: Nil
  • Country: South America
  • Prominent Wildlife: Southern Pudu, Kodkod, and Wild Boars

4. Tongass


  • Area: 26,278 square miles
  • Forest Category: Temperate Rainforest
  • Established: September 10, 1907
  • Country: North America
  • Prominent Wildlife: Orcas, wolves, and beavers

5. Sundarbans


  • Area: 3,900square miles
  • Forest Category: Halophytic Mangrove Rainforest
  • Established: 1984
  • Country: Asia and India
  • Prominent Wildlife: Bengal Tiger and Water Monitor Lizard

6. Rainforest of Xishuangbanna


  • Area: 927 square miles
  • Forest Category: Tropical Rainforest
  • Established: 1959
  • Country: Asia
  • Prominent Wildlife: Asian Elephants, Indo-Chinese Tigers, and Green Peacocks

7. Daintree Forest


  • Area: 463 square miles
  • Forest Category: Wet Tropics Rainforest
  • Established: 1988
  • Country: Australia
  • Prominent Wildlife: Saltwater Crocodiles and Southern Cassowaries

8. Kinabalu National Park


  • Area: 291 square miles
  • Forest Category: Mountain Rainforest
  • Established: 1964
  • Country: Asia
  • Prominent Wildlife: Proboscis Monkeys and Rhinoceros Beetles

9. Mindo-Nambillo Cloud Forest


  • Area: 74 square miles
  • Forest Category: Cloud Forest
  • Established:1861
  • Country: South America
  • Prominent Wildlife: Quetzals and Basilisks

10. Sinharaja Forest Reserve


  • Area: 34 square miles
  • Forest Category: Tropical Lowland Rainforest and Sub-tropical Forests
  • Established: April 1978
  • Country: Sri Lanka
  • Prominent Wildlife: Sri Lanka Crested Drongo and Green Pit Viper

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