Recording the Rainforest

Borneo is one of the most biologically diverse habitats in the world,

but the demand for its natural resources has damaged the rainforest, and affected it's natural inhabitants.

Watch how scientists at the Nature Conservancy have used sound to learn about the forest and how best to protect it.

What do you remember?


1. What does biodiversity mean?

a. Many different types of one species

b. The variety of life in the world or an ecosystem

2. What practices are threatening natural resources?

a. Industrial plants and animal poaching

b. Large-scale logging and oil palm harvesting

c. Oil palm harvesting and animal poaching

3. What is palm oil used for?

a. Textile manufacturing

b. Fertilizers

c. In soap, chocolates, cosmetics

4. Why did they record the sounds of the rainforest?

a. To conserve the species and manage logging

b. To learn animal calls

c. To research the effects of climate change

5. Who are the “architects” of the rainforest and the best at spreading seeds?

a. Flying Squirrels

b. Orangutans

c. Lemurs

d. Borneo Bay Cats

Discussion Questions:

  • What can acoustic recordings of the rainforest tell us about biodiversity?

  • Why is biodiversity important?

  • How can you measure biodiversity?

  • What are ecosystem services?

  • What ecosystem services do rainforests provide globally and locally?

  • How have animals evolved in response to competition for space in the soundscape?

  • What are the threats to Borneo’s rainforests?

  • How can soundscapes inform land management and conservation decisions?

  • What issues and questions in addition to biodiversity must be addressed when considering different land management scenarios?

  • How can you use sound to investigate your own environment?

Answers: 1.B   2.B   3.C   4.A   5.B

Thank you for the Nature Conservancy for this resource.