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From mushrooms to mealworms, all you can eat at The Living Rainforest

The Living Rainforest has totted up the consumption of its 675 resident animals over the past year, revealing a shopping list that would certainly cause a stir at the supermarket checkout.

Even though most of its residents are vegetarian, The Living Rainforest, funded by the ReDiscover project, feeds 18.2kg of meat to its school of Piranha, 624 juvenile locusts to the endangered Goeldi’s monkeys and 48 whole quail to a dwarf crocodile each year. The carefully designed menus replicate the kind of food each species would eat in the natural world.

Many of the smaller animals and reptiles live on insects, consuming 52kg of mealworms, 374,400 microcrickets, 26,000 waxworms, 15,600 large crickets and 936 locusts between them every year.

“Although we provide our residents with specialised supplements we try to give them as natural a diet as possible,” said Karl Hansen, director at The Living Rainforest. “For most, this means a steady supply of fruit and vegetables, including figs, passionfruit, mangoes, papayas, tomatoes, mushrooms, carrots and strawberries. For others, we provide very specific dishes to suit their particular tastes. We’re encouraging people to come along to The Living Rainforest to find out for themselves which animals get through the 104 yoghurts and 13kg of cheese we order every year.”

He added: “This is the first time we’ve done an annual audit of food consumption at The Living Rainforest and the findings were fascinating.”

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