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.
On 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!
African Dwarf Crocodiles
Come face to face with our African Dwarf Crocodiles as you begin your Rainforest adventure!
The dwarf crocodile is the world's smallest crocodile, growing up to 190 cm in length (by contrast, the Nile crocodile can reach 5 m in length). As a reptile, you will notice that our crocs spend much of their time basking.
Who else will you meet?
Leaf-cutter Ants grow their own food in underground fungus farms. Pieces of leaves are carried hundreds of metres, with each ant carrying a piece up to 50 times its own body weight!
Madagascan Hissing Cockroach
These insects are native to Madagascar and live in forests and other moist, tropical regions. Growing up to 7.5 cm in length, these are one of the largest cockroach species in the world!
Did you know? Archerfish can spit to catch their prey - up to 20m out of the water!
- The amazing axolotl are cute little creatures which can be either white or brown.
- White axolotls are common as pets, whereas brown ones are extinct in the wild.
Maclays Stick Insect
Also known as the Giant Prickly Stick Insect!
- Native to Australia, females are parthenogenetic, which means that they do not need a male in order to reproduce. Eggs laid in this way will be genetic clones of the females
Poison Dart Frogs
These beautiful little creatures, native to Central and South America, are like brightly coloured jewels bouncing amongst the foliage. Don't be fooled though, they are small but deadly. As their name suggests these Frogs secrete toxic poison from their skin.