The equatorial regions of the world occupy around 10 percent of Earth's surface and contain more than half of the world's plant and animal species. Many of these regions are under threat from deforestation, climate change and development. The Tropical Rotunda has hundreds of species from these tropical regions.
These collections are a valuable tool for education, research and conservation. They are arranged in communities that provide a living model of specific habitats from selected geographical regions. The collections are themed:
- Lowland tropical forest: Central America, Central Africa, Southern Mexico, Southeast Asia
- Islands of high endemics: Seychelles, Madagascar, Mascarene and the New Zealand, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Comoros Islands