2018-10-21 06:13 | https://www.haus-des-meeres.at/en/Our-Animals/Zoo-animals/Tropical-House.htm
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Tropical House

Dear visitors!

In the tropical house most of the animals move freely around and there are no barriers separating the visitor area. We built it deliberately this way so that you can actually feel the nature.

Please take into account that FEEDING and TOUCHING the animals is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN. They can become seriously ill because of wrong feed! Please don’t even try to catch them and don’t step into their area.

We have two targets in the Tropical house: firstly, we want to provide optimal conditions for the animals. The tropical temperature and the moisture climate are automatically regulated.
Secondly, we want to offer our visitors a wonderful experience. You should feel this tropical climate on your skin and breathe the heavy and moist tropical air.

Mangrove is a small tree, however the term is also used for the zone where these trees grow – in tropics and subtropics where freshwater already mixes with sea water.

The silver moonfish and the banded archerfish are an example of fish species living on the coast of the Indian Ocean, feeding on insects. They shoot them down (for example from a leaf) with a targeted water stream. 

Three species of Horsehoe crabs live on the coasts of North America and Southeast Asia. They are considered living fossils as they have lived since 360 Million years ago and haven’t physically changed. 

Four-eyed fish have eyes divided into two halves so that they can see above and below water surface simultaneously.

 Silver moonfish & Banded archerfish
 Horsehoe Crabs
 Four-eyed fish

In the large aquarium you can find different species of freshwater turtles from South America, Africa and South East Asia. The kids can crawl through a tunnel in the tank to experience the wildlife from their perspective.

Two of the tortoise species, the Red Foot Tortoise and the Yellow Foot Tortoise sharing the tropical hall join also in the wild of South America the same habitat. These species are not strictly vegetarian; they feed on insects and carrion as well.

 Toad-Headed Turtle
 Red Foot Tortoise
 Yellow Foot Tortoise

All our birds in the tropical hall move freely. Their favourite places are not above the visitor paths but nevertheless it might be the case that the most natural happens. We beg your pardon if our birds should score and you are hit by bird droppings.

Euplectes and Java sparrow belong together with glossy-starling between the most colorful birds in our Tropical house. Galliformers are there in several species in the Tropical house.

Several fowl-like birds can be found in our tropical hall. Crested Wood Partridges are assiduous and  often found between the visitors while the majestic Blue-Throated Piping Guan sits on the wooden hand rails. If you pass calm and slowly they often stay right there. Although some visitors are put off by the vulture like appearance of this irenic chicken.

 Superb Glossy-Starling
 Crested Wood Partridge
 Blue-Throated Piping Guan

The Eastern Yellowbilled Hornbill casts a spell over the visitors. Due to shape and colour of the beak these birds are lovingly called “Flying Banana” in Africa. The more visitors the better, these birds love flying directly above the visitors heads and scaring them. They are clown, pirate and entertainer at once and pose patient for every selfie.

Fruit bats are fruit-eating bats, active in twilight and the night. Through the day they hang hidden around at dark spots. Our Egyptian fruit bats grow up to 15 cm with wingspan of up to 40 cm.

 Eastern Yellowbilled Hornbill
 Egyptian Fruit Bats
 Eastern Yellowbilled Hornbill

Our monkeys running freely around in the Tropical house.

 Goeldi´s Marmosets
 Saddle-Back Tamarin
 White Faced-Saki

We kindly ask you not to feed them otherwise the animals could become seriously ill!

You will receive suitable feed in a sufficient amount.
For your own safety you shouldn’t try to touch or even catch the animals.

Those 20-25 cm animals are excellent climbers and stay most of the time only on the tree.

 

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