The Living Rainforest has over 700 species of plants and animals to discover, in addition to a ‘Human Impact’ exploration space, children’s play area, cafe and shop.
Giant water lily
Amazon water lily leaves reaching up to 2.6m (8′ 6″) wide float on the pond in mid-to-late summer. The mature leaves are strong enough to support the weight of a small child. More about giant Amazon waterlilies…
A West African dwarf crocodile called Courtney basks on her island, waiting for unsuspecting visitors. The smallest of all crocodiles, this species stalks fish, birds and small animals like rodents and crabs in the wild. More about West African dwarf crocodiles…
Goeldi’s monkeys leap from branch to branch, using their well-adapted tails for balance. Careful listeners may hear up to 40 different calls. The Goeldi’s monkeys at the Living Rainforest are part of an international endangered species breeding program. More about Goeldi’s monkeys…
Tropical trails & a two-toed sloth
Well marked trails let you get close to the plants and animals of the rainforest. Birds, butterflies, lizards – and a sloth named Cinnamon - move about freely as you explore. You never know what you will see next. Some visitors are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the plumed basilisk, or Jesus Christ lizard, running across the water.
Food and medicine plants that have changed the way we live today, from bananas to coffee, cocoa to ginger, are waiting to be discovered. Familiar houseplants, such as the deadly dumb cane and the Swiss cheese plant, grow to giant proportions in the hot, steamy atmosphere.
Beautiful orchids cling to the trunks of trees year-round, while metre-long turquoise flower spikes from the endangered jade vine hang overhead during late Spring or early Summer.
The bird-eating spider, jungle carpet python, emerald tree boa and insect-eating pitcher plants lie in wait for prey. If it’s too much for some visitors to take, alternate routes are available!
Dazzling butterflies take to the air on sunny days, while brightly coloured African turacos fly freely around the rainforest. Roul-roul partridges inhabit the undergrowth and are often seen walking across the paths.
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