- SEA LIFE, Rainforest Adventure
Step out of the ocean and into the hot and humid rainforest!
Experience what life is like beneath the tropical treetops. Winding through the roots and tree trunks, rainforest rivers are home to a host of weird and wonderful creatures.
In this landscape, food can be plentiful. During the wet season, rivers flood the rainforest floor where fruits, nuts and seeds fall. When the dry season returns some fish are trapped in ever-decreasing, muddy pools without food, with little oxygen and no way of escaping predators.
In the river, predators can appear from any direction, above or below the water. You've got to be tough to make it in this habitat. Many rainforest creatures are big and toothy but sometimes it's the smallest and most harmless-looking animals which can pack the deadliest punch!
Are you ready for a jungle adventure? Let's go!
There are around 40 species of Piranha and it may surprise you to read that most are vegetarian; Feeding mainly on fruits, nuts and seeds that fall from the trees. The Piranhas you will encounter on your journey through SEA LIFE, are one of the few meat-eating varieties.
These fish have a fearsome reputation
But you'll soon discover that this is, for the most part, undeserved and that they are actually rather beautiful! Red-bellied piranha bodies appear to be covered in glitter; These sparkling scales make them hard for predators, such as birds, to spot from the riverbank as they look like the sunlight reflecting off the water's surface. They spend much of their time hovering motionless in the river plants and roots to avoid catching the attention of any hungry Crocs or River Dolphins.
Meet Eugene the Iguana!
- Eugene was adopted from the RSPCA Reptile Rescue after being previously donated
- Iguanas are typically found in hot climates with high humidity
- You can find Eugene in our Rainforest Adventure area sunning himself on his branches, people watching or chomping on some fruit
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You'll also meet Terrapins
In our Rainforest Adventure zone. Want to learn about our Terrapins?Find out more