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Sep
27

October Half Term – Daily Events

Daily events including Animal and Plant Talks, Activity Trails, Children’s Activities and Halloween related events.

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Sep
27

Daily encounter: Houseplants

Many houseplants grown in the UK originate in tropical rainforests where the average growing temperature is similar (from 18°C). The big difference is the size each group of plants grows.

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Sep
22

Rainforest berries: Coffee

The first coffee was drunk over a thousand years ago by Arab traders. According to legend, it was discovered by an Ethiopian shepherd who saw his goats were unusually frisky after eating the caffeine-rich coffee berries.

Posted in About Rainforests, Economies, Human Needs, Plant Profiles, Plants |

Sep
21

The high life: Epiphytes

Epiphytes grow upon or attached to a living plant, often high up in rainforest trees where there is more light compared with lower levels. Epiphytes use the host plant for support, but produce their own energy from photosynthesis and obtain moisture and nutrients from the air.

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Sep
21

Meet the family: Aroids

The Living Rainforest has an amazing collection of rare and unusual aroids (Araceae family). The collection was donated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew several years ago and since expanded to include hundreds of plants with extraordinary diversity.

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Sep
20

Keeper Talk on Snakes

A love of snakes is called ophiophilia, a fear of snakes is called ophidiophobia. Can you relate to either?

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Sep
13

Big business: Banana

Bananas are the fourth largest crop in the world after rice, wheat, and maize. The yellow desert banana is a major export for tropical countries and one of the best selling food products in the UK.

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Sep
13

Super-sized: Giant taro

This extraordinary plant is a staple food for over three hundred million people worldwide. Just like our potato, the corm (a swollen stem) is peeled and boiled, and eaten as an important source of carbohydrate.

Posted in About Rainforests, Plant Profiles, Plants |

Sep
13

Feeding Time for the Rainforest Birds

Come and join one of our animal keepers and find out more about our free-ranging bird species at feeding time. This is your chance to speak to the experts and ask any burning questions you might have. Free with admission.

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Sep
13

An Introduction to Butterflies

Learn more about these winged wonders. Meet at the pupae cabinet in Amazonica House. Talks free with Admission.

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