Amazon Rainforest: People and Animals

What is life like in the biggest rainforest on Earth?

In this session, pupils will have the unique opportunity to handle beautiful objects crafted by the Waiwai; a group of people living in the Amazon Rainforest in Guyana. Learn about life in the Rainforest by exploring unfamiliar objects, guessing their function and exploring the natural resources used to make them.

Get up close to a taxidermy caiman, armadillo shell and snake skeleton along with other rainforest animals, and discover how their amazingly adapted bodies help them survive.

Discover and discuss the importance of rainforests, the threats to their existence and consider the consequences for the entire planet, along with the plants, animals and people who call them ‘home’.

The Horniman is the perfect place to explore your topic further. Use our ‘Rainforest People’ schools trail to learn more about the incredible display of Waiwai objects in our wonderful World Gallery. Search our Natural History Gallery for Rainforest animals (found in our Rainforest Learning pack), or explore South American instruments in the Music Gallery.

 Learning Objectives

  • Pupils will be able to list some of the resources available in the Amazon Rainforest (including plants and animals) and describe how they are used by the people that live there
  • Pupils will be able to describe and explain some of the objects made and used by the Waiwai people
  • Pupils will be able to discuss the impact of habitat destruction on the people and animals that live in the Rainforest, along with the planet

‘Thank you. The session was perfectly pitched for their age. Very interesting and fun.’ Teacher

Workshop information

How to book

Booking a taught session includes a welcome briefing on arrival, timed access to a lunch space, cloakroom facilities and access to toilets for the exclusive use of school groups.

Contact us to make a booking:
020 8291 8686

When you contact us please have ready:

– the name of the taught session you would like to book or topic you are studying,

– 1st/2nd/3rd choice of date and preferred session time,

– the number of pupils and adults attending.


Entrance to the Horniman Museum and Gardens is free of charge. Taught sessions and access to some exhibitions are charged for. We invoice after your visit.

The following charges apply:
– 45 minute or 1 hour object handling session, (up to 30 pupils): £72.50 ex VAT (£87.00 inc VAT) per session
– 30/45 minute object handling sessions for Special Education Needs classes (up to 12 pupils): £36.25 ex VAT (£43.50 inc VAT) per session
– 60 minute Gamelan and 90 minute sessions (up to 30 pupils): £122.50 ex VAT (£147.00 inc VAT) per session.

We offer a bursary scheme for schools that meet a set criteria.

Planning your visit

See Plan Your Day for other essential information including our Risk Assessment.

We are open from 10am-5.30pm, 6 days a week; the Museum will be closed on Wednesdays. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge but must be booked in advance by emailing

We are open from 10am–5.30pm. Entrance to the Museum and Gardens is free of charge.

Entrance to our temporary exhibition, Monkey Business, can be booked for a reduced educational rate of £3 per person. Our Butterfly House and Aquarium will remain closed to school groups at this time to allow for social distancing. Charges apply to all children aged 3 years and over, and all accompanying teachers and adults, unless they are specific 1:1 carers.