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Take a glimpse into the world of fauna from the Amazon Basin when visiting Joburg Zoo’s Animal of the Amazon Exhibit. The building design is based on the historic Mayan temples of Central America, and consists of 2 floors of exhibit, with the 3rd level being an observation deck.The exhibit houses an impressive collection of animals from Central and South America, ranging from large predators to small animals, consisting of: reptiles, arachnids, amphibians, fishes and mammals.  At least 2 of the “terrifying creatures of the Amazon river”, Arapima and pacu is amongst the collection. The exhibit has a walk-through tunnel, housing fresh water fish and it brings the exciting biodiversity of the Amazon Rainforest to many South Africans who would never be able to visit such natural habitats. The exhibit also highlights the beauty of each of the species found within that habitat, their needs and to create awareness of habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity.

Reptiles

A huge diversity of reptiles can be found in the Amazon Rainforest, most are primarily carnivores whilst others are herbivores .The zoo’s collection consists of the following species of snakes 4 Boa species, Boa Constrictor, Amazon tree boa, Brazilian Rainbow Boa, Columbia Rainbow Boa, Red tailed boa and Yellow anaconda . Boa are the most famous snakes in the world,  with Anacondas being one of the most dangerous, the largest and heaviest snake in the world, weighing up to 95 kg and 5-7 m long. Other snakes such as Milk Honduran, Snake False water Cobra can also be found in the Exhibit.

Lizards

At least 2 lizard species are amongst the Zoo’s collection one of them being the Gila Monster Green, which is one of the largest and venomous lizards in the US and Iguanas.

Frogs

Wildly coloured and toxic are poison dart frogs; their poison can easily paralyse any animal.  Their bright colours serve to warn predators to stay safely away. Golden Poison Dart Frog, Yellow banded dart frog, Dyeing Dart Frog, Amazon poison dart frog, Black and Green Dart Frog, Blue Dart Frog, Dart Strawberry are amongst the few frogs that can be found in the exhibit.

Fish

Myriad fresh water fish species ranging from the largest Arapaima, which is approximately 450 centimeters long and weighs about 200 kg are housed in the exhibit. Also Pacu, an omnivore related to the famous Piranha and has human-like teeth, known from fishing story joke as “testicle-eating” fish is amongst the collection. Freshwater stingray, Red tailed Catfish Piraiba Catfish - known to be the largest catfish of the Amazon river, Red Hump Earth Eater, Jack Demsey, Oscar Chichild - very aggressive fish which will actively defend its territory, Bronze Corydoras - have a mild poison which causes fish which try to attack them to get stung, Altum Angel - considered the most peaceful of all angelfish species, Discus- derives its name from its body shape, which is round and compressed like a disc and Amazon Leaf Fish- the fish is camouflaged to mimic a dead leaf, both in body shape and pattern. It can change colour to match its surroundings and has a projection from its bottom lip that resembles a leaf stalk.

Spider species

Very interesting species of spiders are housed in the exhibit including one of the largest spiders, often cited as 2nd or 3rd in the world, Bird eater. Various species of tarantula such as Curly hair tarantula, Mexican Red Knee and Green Bottle Blue - one of the most colourful tarantulas in the world are amongst the collection. Bright blue legs, metallic blue green carapace and orange abdominal hair, Chilean Common Tarantula, Mexican Flame Knee tarantula, white striped bird eater and Costa Rican tiger rump

Mammal Species

2 mammal species, Selba Short-tailed bat and Emperor Tamarin are housed in the exhibit

 

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Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo (JCPZ) in partnership with the Development Bank of SA (DBSA) have commenced the rollout of CCTV technology in parks. 

The City of Johannesburg’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Community Development, Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba..

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, the custodian of the City’s parks, street trees, conservation areas and cemeteries is appealing for patience from residents as it resolves its seasonal backlogs.

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo invited 1000 school learners to the zoo to learn more about our meat eaters. 

Join our mountain bike skills clinics and let us help get you Hollard JUMA ready! 

Joburg Weather Remains Wet This Weekend - Large On The Lawn With Jack Parow And Francois Van Coke POSTPONED Due To Rain Forecast 

The importance of wetlands was put high on the agenda when Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo (JCPZ), the City of Johannesburg’s custodian of greening initiatives, celebrated World Wetlands Day with more than 100 learners and community environmental ambassadors at Alberts Farm on Wednesday February 15.

He may appear lean and shabby but Letaba the White Lion, a resident of the Johannesburg Zoo, is in “excellent health”, despite serious concerns raised by members of the public.

Juweel Park in Region E is situated along the Klein Jukskei Spruit. Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo during the week of Valentine’s Day showed love and awareness to this area by removing alien invasive plant species.

A 54km & 22km urban ride through the heart of the biggest urban forest in the World, our city Johannesburg! 

Cross over rivers and crawl under roads through tunnels and experience Joburg’s popular adventure run.

World Wetland Day (WWD) is celebrated globally on 2 February to highlight the importance of wetlands.

All tip-offs remain anonymous. "Together with you residents' help, we are certain that we can put illegal dumping in the City to an end..

Wetlands produce rice and this source of food is the staple diet of nearly 3 billion people - half the world's population.

Visitors to the Johannesburg Zoo can look forward to a multi-story car park that is nearing completion.

The smart bench installed at Metro Park in the Inner City of Johannesburg is Wi-Fi enabled, can be used to charge mobile gadgets whilst simultaneously acting as seating, shade and a safe place for people to digitally interact in an open space.

One of the best birding spots in Johannesburg, the Beaulieu Bird Sanctuary is situated in a gated community in Kylami.

The tree that Nelson Mandela planted at Thokoza Park in 2008 declared a Champion Tree.

CONSERVATION - The zoo has been involved in an indigenous sheep breeding conservation project since 2007. The aim is to increase the population of Bapedi and Zulu Sheep.

Two blue cranes have been released in a Fourways Nature Reserve in an estate. The pair were kept at the Ruitkuil Conservation and Breeding Farm in Parys and moved to their new home yesterday.

Saturday 29 October, the Gauteng Model Boat Club will be holding an open exhibition day at Emmarentia Dam. 

One year ago, on a fateful Sunday, 2 loving couples went to church and then decided to visit Rhodes Park. They were enjoying a beautiful evening at this exact site, in the park when they were approached by a group of at least 8 individuals who robbed them of their belongings and then tied up Mr Zukisa Kela and Mr Sizwe Tyeke before forcing them into the dam. Two young lives with so many possibilities were subsequently lost to the world, on this day, a year ago…

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo the custodians of green heritage observed National Invasive Species Week 2016 at Hercules Rd Heldekruin in Roodepoort. The awareness created is aimed at eradicating species that threaten our ecosystems particularly our scarce water resources; food security, our livelihoods and our economy.

An evergreen tree growing 5-10m high, black wattle has dark olive-green finely hairy leaves. Pale yellow or cream spherical flowers in large fragrant sprays blooming from August to September. Fruits are dark brown, finely haired pods.

A large, broad-leaved shrub with velvety stems and leaves growing up to 4m high. Leaves: Dull green leaves that are velvety above and white-felty beneath which emit a strong noxious smell when crushed.

A very distinctive plant with green, spreading star-shaped leaves and tall, spiky fruit capsules.

An untidy spreading shrub with four-angled stems and often with thorns growing up to 2m or higher. Leaves: Oval, dark green, rough, hairy leaves which are paler below.

The Johannesburg Zoo’s 16 crocodiles were let out of their winter hot house and indulged in a lamb carcass, their first meal in three months.

It’s not an everyday phenomenon that you get to meet a Siberian tiger cub up close and personal but at the Joburg Zoo, we make those every day little miracles happen.