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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
Almorha Loach
  • Botia Almorhae
Asian Forest Centipede
  • Scolopendra Subspinipes
Banded archerfish
  • Toxotes jaculatrix
Bandit catfish
  • Corydoras metae
Black crake
  • Limnocorax flavirostra
Black sawtooth catfish
  • Pseudodoras niger
Bleeding-heart dove
  • Gallicolumba luzonica
Blue crowned pigeon
  • Goura cristata minor
Blue Dacnis
  • Dacnis Cayana
Blue-capped cordon-bleu
  • Uraeginthus cyanocephala
Blue-grey tanager
  • Thraupis episcopus
Blue-necked tanager
  • Tangara cyanicollis
Brazilian Salmon Birdeater Tarantual
  • Lasiodora Parahybana
Broad-nosed caiman
  • caiman latirostris
Buenos Aries Tetra
  • Hyphessobrycon Anisitsi
Chinese Hwamei
  • Leucodioptron Canorum
Cinereous finch
  • Piezorhina cinerea
Clown knifefish
  • Chitala chitala
Collared finch-billed bulbul
  • Spizixos semitorques
Common vampire bat
  • Desmodus rotundus
Congo tetra
  • Phenacogrammus interruptus
Corydoras catfish
  • Corydoras surinamensis
  • Procambarus
Crested Coua
  • Coua Cristata Cristata
Crested quail dove
  • Geotrygon versicolor
Crested wood partridge
  • Rollulus rouloul
Cuban tree frog
  • Osteopilus septentrionalis
Denison's Barb
  • Puntius denisonii
Dusky Krib
  • Pelvicachromis Pulcher
Emerald starling
  • Lamprotornis iris
Featherfin catfish
  • Synodontis eupterus
Flavescent peacock cichlid
  • Aulonocara stuartgranti
Flying fox sharkminnow
  • Epalzeorhynchos kalopterus
Gaint danio
  • Danio aequipinnatus
Giant Chinese freshwater barracuda
  • Elopichthys bambusa
Giant Freshwater Puffer
  • Tetraodon Mbu
Giant gourami
  • Osphronemus goramy
Glowlight tetra
  • Hemigrammus erythrozonus
Gold barb
  • Puntius semifasciolatus
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
Greater green leafbird
  • Chloropsis sonnerati
Green acouchi
  • Myoprocta acouchy pratti
Green-and-black poison dart frog
  • Dendrobates auratus
Green-naped pheasant pigeon
  • Otidiphaps nobilis nobilis
Grosbeak starling
  • Scissirostrum dubium
Indian flying fox
  • Pteropus giganteus
Iridescent shark catfish
  • Pangasius hypophthalmus
Leopard ctenopoma
  • Ctenopoma acutirostre
Linne's two-toed sloth
  • Choloepus didactylus
Madagascar button quail
  • Turnix nigricollis
Magnificent fruit dove
  • Ptilinopus magnificus
Marbled Catfish
  • Leiarius Marmoratus
Mexican Cavefish
  • astyanax fasciatus
  • Poecilia
Moonlight gourami
  • Trichogaster microlepis
Namaqua Dove
  • Oena Capensis
Nicobar pigeon
  • Caloenas nicobarica
  • Lumbricus
Northern spotted barramundi
  • Scleropages jardinii
Oriole Warbler
  • Hypergerus Atriceps
  • Colossoma macropomum
Parrot-billed seedeater
  • Sporophila peruviana
Peacock bass cichlid
  • cichla ocellaris
Pink-crowned fruit dove
  • Ptilinopus roseicapilla
Pink-headed turtle dove
  • Streptopelia roseogrisea
  • Hypostomus ancistroides
Red piranha
  • Pygocentrus nattereri
Red-billed leiothrix
  • Leiothrix lutea
Red-capped cardinal
  • Paroaria gularis
Rosy barb
  • Puntius conchonius
Royal Plecostomus
  • panaque nigrolineatus
Scarlet macaw
  • Ara macao
Silver arawana
  • Osteoglossum bicirrhosum
Snakehead Gudgeon
  • Ophieleotris aporos
Southern yellow grosbeak
  • Pheucticus chrysogaster
Speckled mousebird
  • Colius striatus
Spotted rafael catfish
  • Agamyxis pectinifrons
Striped leporinus
  • Leporinus fasciatus
Sunda wrinkled hornbill
  • Aceros corrugatus
Tiger shovelnose catfish
  • pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
Tinfoil barb
  • Barbodes schwanenfeldii
Turquoise tanager
  • Tangara mexicana
Variable seedeater
  • Sporophila americana
Victoria crowned pigeon
  • Goura victoria
Violet-backed starling
  • Cinnyricinclus leucogaster
White cloud mountain minnow
  • Tanichthys albonubes
White-blotched river stingray
  • Potamotrygon leopoldi
white-breasted wood swallow
  • artamus leucorhynchus
White-eared catbird
  • Ailuroedus Buccoides
White-vented bulbul
  • Pycnonotus barbatus
Wonga pigeon
  • Leucosarcia melanoleuca

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.

Photo Gallery

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.  view gallery >

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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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