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Go on a Tropics Trek

As you trek through the Tropics you have the opportunity to encounter several wonderful species of fish and birds from tropical areas around the world.  view more >

As you trek through the Tropics you have the opportunity to encounter several wonderful species of fish and birds from tropical areas around the world.  view more >

Animals in the Exhibit
African black knifefish
  • Xenomystus nigri
African collared doves
  • Streptopelia roseogrisea
American wigeon
  • Mareca americana
Andean tinamou
  • Nothoprocta pentlandii
Asian forest scorpion
  • Heterometrus longimanus
Australian lungfish
  • Neoceratodus forsteri
Baikal teal
  • Sibirionetta formosa
Bandit catfish
  • Corydoras metae
Beautiful fruit dove
  • Ptilinopus pulchellus
Black crake
  • Amaurornis flavirostra
Black-naped fruit dove
  • Ptilinopus melanospilus
Bleeding-heart dove
  • Gallicolumba luzonica
Blue dacnis
  • Dacnis cayana
Blue-bellied roller
  • Coracias cyanogaster
Blue-crowned parrot
  • Loriculus galgulus
Blue-grey tanager
  • Thraupis episcopus
Boeseman's rainbowfish
  • Melanotaenia boesemani
Brazilian salmon birdeater tarantual
  • Lasiodora parahybana
Bridled white-eye
  • Zosterops conspicillatus
Broad-nosed caiman
  • Caiman latirostris
Buenos Airers tetra
  • Hyphessobrycon anisitsi
Bush thick-Knee
  • Burhinus grallarius
Caribbean giant cockroach
  • Blaberus giganteus
Chestnut-backed thrush
  • Zoothera dohertyi
Chinese hwamei
  • Garrulax canorus
Cinereous finch
  • Piezorhina cinerea
Cinnamon teal
  • Spatula cyanoptera
Collared finch-billed bulbul
  • Spizixos semitorques
Common bulbul
  • Pycnonotus barbatus
Common vampire bat
  • Desmodus rotundus
Congo tetra
  • Phenacogrammus interruptus
Corydoras catfish
  • Corydoras surinamensis
Crested coua
  • Coua cristata cristata
Crested quail dove
  • Geotrygon versicolor
Crested wood partridge
  • Rollulus rouloul
Denison's barb
  • Puntius denisonii
Diamond fish
  • Monodactylus argenteus
Dollar sunfish
  • Lepomis marginatus
Dusky krib
  • Pelvicachromis pulcher
Edward's pheasant
  • Lophura edwardsi
Emerald starling
  • Lamprotornis iris
Fairy bluebird
  • Irena puella
False chocolate catfish
  • Platydoras armatulus
Featherfin squeaker catfish
  • Synodontis eupterus
Flying fox sharkminnow
  • Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Forktail blueeye
  • Pseudomugil furcatus
Gaint danio
  • Danio aequipinnatus
Giant banded tailless whipscorpion
  • Damon diadema
Giant freshwater puffer
  • Tetraodon mbu
Glowlight tetra
  • Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Golden honeyeater
  • Cleptornis marchei
Golden-breasted starling
  • Cosmopsarus regius
Golden-headed quetzal
  • Pharomachrus auriceps
Gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula
  • Poecilotheria metallica
Grass carp
  • Ctenopharyngodon idella
Great blue turaco
  • Corythaeola cristata
Green woodhoopoe
  • Phoeniculus purpureus
Green-naped pheasant pigeon
  • Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis
Grosbeak starling
  • Scissirostrum dubium
Guam kingfisher
  • Todiramphus cinnamominus cinnamominus
Guam rail
  • Gallirallus owstoni
Hooded merganser
  • Mergus cucullatus
Hooded pitta
  • Pitta sordida
Indian flying fox
  • Pteropus giganteus
Leopard ctenopoma
  • Ctenopoma acutirostre
Mandarin duck
  • Aix galericulata
Marbled teal
  • Marmaronetta angustirostris
Mexican cavefish
  • Astyanax fasciatus
Moonlight gourami
  • Trichogaster microlepis
Nicobar pigeon
  • Caloenas nicobarica
  • Lumbricus
North American ruddy duck
  • Oxyura jamaicensis jamaicensis
Oriole warbler
  • Hypergerus atriceps
Peacock gudgeon
  • Tateurndina ocellicauda
Pink-crowned fruit dove
  • Ptilinopus roseicapilla
  • Hypostomus
Red piranha
  • Pygocentrus nattereri
Red wag mollies
  • Xiphophorus maculatus
Red-billed leiothrix
  • Leiothrix lutea
Red-capped cardinal
  • Paroaria gularis
Red-crested turaco
  • Tauraco erythrolophus
Regent parrot
  • Polytelis anthopeplus
Ringed teal
  • Callonetta leucophrys
Rosy barb
  • Puntius conchonius
Royal plecostomus
  • Panaque nigrolineatus
Sabah thorny stick insect
  • Aretaon asperrimus
Saipan white-eye
  • Zosterops conspicillatus saypani
Scarlet-faced liocichla
  • Liocichla ripponi
Silver scat
  • Selenotoca multifasciate
Snowy-headed robin chat
  • Cossypha niveicapilla
Spangled cotings
  • Cotinga cayana
Speckled mousebird
  • Colius striatus
Spotted rafael catfish
  • Agamyxis pectinifrons
Spotted scat
  • Scatophagus argus
Striped panchax
  • Aplocheilus lineatus
  • Eurypyga helias
Taiwan yuhina
  • Yuhina brunneiceps
Tambourine dove
  • Turtur tympanistria
Tanzanian Neon Blue-leg centipede
  • Ethmostigmus
  • Icterus icterus
Turquoise tanager
  • Tangara mexicana
Variable seedeater
  • Sporophila americana
Vietnamese Giant centipede
  • Scolopendra subspinipes
Violet-backed starling
  • Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
White cloud mountain minnow
  • Tanichthys albonubes
White-blotched river stingray
  • Potamotrygon leopoldi
White-breasted wood swallow
  • Artamus leucorhynchus
White-Eyed Assassin Bug
  • Platymeris biguttata
Wonga pigeon
  • Leucosarcia melanoleuca
Wrinkled hornbill
  • Rhabdotorrhinus corrugatus
Yellow-bellied flower beetle
  • Pachnoda flaviventris
  • Elopichthys bambusa
Zebra loach
  • Botia striata

ZooKeepers’ Journals


Our keepers are very busy caring for the animals. When time allows we will add journal entries here. We hope the Zookeepers' Journals will be a fun way to learn more about the fascinating animals we have in our care. Check back for updates from the Jungle Zookeepers. If there is an animal or area of the Jungle that you would like our keepers to write about — please let us know. We will do our best to address your areas of interest as time allows. Thanks for checking in.

June 14, 2017

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Trekking Through the Tropics

A trek through the Tropics is an experience like no other. Our Tropics is a constant 80-degrees and will surround you with the sights, sounds, and smells of a damp tropical jungle. Slow down, take your time and enjoy the wonders of nature that are all around you.

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Tropics. It's a Jungle in Here!

As you trek through the Tropics you have the opportunity to encounter several wonderful species of animals from tropical areas around the world.

A journey through the Tropics will introduce you to more than 60 species of birds that live there. Shortly after entering, sit and relax on the bench. From here you can see a majority of the exhibit – many of the birds can be seen flying from perch to perch. Typically a cardinal-sized, green and black bird, the collared finch-billed bulbuls, can be observed singing and calling to one another. Watch long enough and you may see them defending their territory and chasing off smaller birds while tolerating others. Looking in the trees you’ll notice several orange slices. Zookeepers put these out for many of the fruit and nectar loving birds. As you trek onward keep an eye out for these oranges and the birds that feed on them throughout the exhibit.

Cross the suspended bridge towards another resting place. From this vantage point you may see some Tropcis residents associated with bodies of water. Look carefully around the lake edge or possibly perched just above the water, may be a sunbittern. The sunbitterns use their long, snake-like necks and sharp bills to catch their prey. When threatened, sunbitterns will spread out their wings to reveal large red and yellow markings. These “suns” will frighten off intruders and are the source of the sunbittern’s name.

Winding further down the path is a feed station without a bench nearby. This feed station is a great place to look for greater green leafbirds and grosbeak starlings. Greater green leafbirds are native to the tropics of Asia.They provide a pleasant song as they vocalize in the trees. The grosbeak starlings are another source of sound. Their loud calls help the flock to stay together as they fly through the vegetation.

Before entering the tunnel under the lake, take time to sit on the bench near the wrinkled hornbills. After watching the birds hop around their exhibit, look on the rocks behind the bench for wonga pigeons and crested quail doves. Both members of the pigeon family, these two species patrol the rocks near the tunnel entrance and exit searching for nesting material and displaying to their mates.

Exiting the tunnel and continuing toward the bat cave, you will find the most popular feeding area and another bench for resting and bird watching. Many of our smallest avian residents may be seen here.

Continue on to the waterfall towards the exit of the building; keep watch along the top of the rock wall above the cut-away stream for black crakes and bleeding heart doves. Black crakes are a very shy bird with black bodies with a bright yellow bill and orange legs. They enjoy bathing in the small pools along the rock wall. Bleeding heart doves are impressive little birds. Both male and female birds possess a bright crimson patch of feathers in the center of their breast. These bright red feathers are so convincing, it appears to many that the bird has a large wound and is bleeding. Often Zoo guests report this false injury to the Zookeepers. Our male bleeding heart dove likes to sit near the exit. From there, he spends his time calling to his mate with a low booming song.

While visiting the Tropics you have the opportunity to see birds from all over the globe. On your next visit count how many different species you see.

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