Amazonia Habitat at the National Zoo
We have beautiful weather in Maryland and Dolores and I decided to drive into Washington, DC and spend the day at the National Zoo. We like to see all of the exhibits and photograph the animals. Today, we especially enjoyed visiting the Amazonia exhibit and recommend it to you on your next visit to the National Zoo. The Following information is from the website for the National Zoo.
Amazonia, the largest and most complex exhibit ever built at the National Zoo, opened to the public in 1992. The 15,000-square-foot rainforest habitat of the exhibit includes a cascading tropical river and a 55,000-gallon aquarium for the display of Amazon River fish.
Within Amazonia’s dome, visitors find a living tropical forest with more than 350 species of plants, including 50-foot-tall trees, tropical vines, and epiphytes. This habitat is also home to dozens of species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and insects typical of the Amazon Basin, all moving throughout the exhibit. Smooth-sided toads and silver-beaked tanagers breed freely, titi monkeys jump from branch to branch, a two-toed sloth hides behind large leaves, white-bellied hummingbirds zip about. more
Visitors can explore the field station of Dr. Brasil, an imaginary biologist whose equipment, notes, and specimens shed light on the exciting scientific work being carried out in this infinitely complex environment.
Amazonia staff and FONZ volunteers circulate throughout the exhibit, answering questions and pointing out aspects of the habitat's plants and animals that are not easily recognizable to the unpracticed eye.
Next to the Amazonia exhibit is the Amazonia Science Gallery, a 10,000-square-foot educational gallery. They gallery includes exhibits that look at biological processes that take place in the rainforest, Smithsonian research in Amazonia and other tropical rainforests, and up-to-the-minute information on environmental events in Amazonia and throughout the world.
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Photograph by Roy Kelley using a Canon PowerShot G11 camera.
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