Opening October 20:
Take a journey through the Amazon rainforest without leaving the Capital Region!
Our new Amazon Experience exhibit features some of the most stunning forms of aquatic life found in the Amazon River. Upon entering our newly renovated walkthrough tunnel, guests will be transported to the vast ecosystem of the Amazon rainforest full of colorful creatures.
Check out a sampling of our Amazon Animals below:
Tiger Shovelnose Catfish
Red Terror Chichilid:
Red Terror cichlids are a species of cichlids that are mainly found in Central America. They are named ‘Red Terror’ because of their temperament levels that range from aggressive to very aggressive.
Tiger Shovelnose Catfish:
The Shovelnose Tiger Catfish (Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum) is also known as the Barred Sorubium and the Tiger Shovelnose Catfish. It is native to the Amazon Basin and can be found in such countries as Brazil, Peru, Venezuela, and Paraguay.
“Pacu” refers to several species of freshwater fish native to South America, part of the subfamily Serrasalminae, which also includes the piranha and the silver dollar. “Pacu,” a term that originated from the Brazilian Indian language Tupi-guarani, means “quick eater.”
Red Belly Piranha:
The Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri) can be found in the Amazon basin.Contrary to their reputation, piranhas are actually quite skittish, if a larger animal is in the water they flee in groups. In fact they don’t even exclusively eat meat as they are omnivores (diets consisting of both plant and animal). Generally they feed on insects, snails, plants and smaller fish. Their swarming behavior is mostly found when a deceased bird or other smaller animal falls into the water as they feed on the carcass.
Silver arowana is freshwater fish that belongs to the family bonytongues. It can be found in the Rupununi and Oyapock rivers in South America and in Amazon Basin growing to over 2 feet!
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Poison Dart Frogs
Did you know?
Some species of poison dart frog are among the most poisonous of all living creatures on earth!
We are proud to have partnered with Project Piaba of which ethically sources, and sustains this rare species. The Rio Negro (“Black River”) is the largest tributary of the Amazon River, and holds one of the biggest keys to its ecosystem health: the cardinal tetra. A community-based project called “Project Piaba” fosters and promotes the wild-caught fishery and market for these colorful fish to ensure the survival of the environment and the people who call it home. Wild-caught Cardinal tetras are common in the pet trade, and are safely harvested to be sold in pet stores all over the world. Every wild-caught fish that is purchased ultimately benefits resident fishing communities and environment along the Rio Negro. They provide the community with a source of income, educational opportunities for students, and a sustainable way to benefit the Amazon Rainforest.