With so many plant species and such a large enclosure, why will we have only a few animal specimens?
We wanted the inhabitants of The Rainforest Exhibit to have a large living area, enough so they might behave more naturally than in a smaller enclosure or an overcrowded one.
Our animals have more room to move and either interact or spend time alone.
Our main KING of The Rainforest Exhibit is the Golden Poison Frog (Phyllobates terribilis)!
As you can see the last portion of its scientific name is "terriblis" as in TERRIBLE! In the wild, one Golden Poison Frog has toxins in its skin that could kill 10 adult men! Don't worry, in captivity they are missing something from their diet that allows it to have such devastating toxins. HOWEVER, we use gloves when we have to handle them or get close to them. They are the KINGS because they walk around in the daytime and they are not afraid of anything. Sleeping at night and being active in the day is called being diurnal.
We also have several Red-Eyed Tree Frogs (Agalychnis callidryas). When asleep, they are all but invisible. YET, when startled, they jump, revealing brilliant colors of red, white, blue, yellow, and green! They have very loud calls, but like all nocturnal animals, wouldn't you know it, they sleep during the day, are active all night and they are loud!
We will be updating this page as we acquire new inhabitants!
UPDATE: We have just added the video below on 9/29/2019, as we have placed our troop of 5 Phyllobates terriblis in our 75 Gallon Bioactive Vivarium. This is their last stop BEFORE they are finally placed in The Rainforest Exhibit!
Information credit: with asterisk (*) National Geographic