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.
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…
Harry the Armadillo
Our newest arrival, Harry the six-banded armadillo is settling in well into his new home. He is still a little shy but can now often to be seen engaging in his favourite activity – digging and then digging some more. He is most active in the afternoon – try after 2pm.
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 an elusive but charming sloth named Cinnamon – move about freely as you explore. You never know what you will see next.
Chinese Water Dragon
You might see a Chinese water dragon lazing in the trees. If you look closely you can see it’s ‘third eye’ – a small, iridescent, spot between their eyes. This helps them find the best spot to bask in the sun by sensing differences in light.
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.
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…
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 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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