City of Joburg

Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo

 

Johannesburg Zoo

 

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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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