2018-07-17 11:22 | 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. 

The most interesting fish of this area is without a doubt the mudskipper. Not only that these animals withstand the change between freshwater and sea water – they also have one strongly amphibious sign: they leave water and spend a big part of the day on dry land, however always close to water.

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.

Two species of tortoises, the red-footed and the yellow-footed tortoise, don’t live just in our Tropical house together but also in their habitat in South America.

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.

The most noticeable bird is our „Lore“, the turquoise-fronted amazon, who belongs among the inhabitants of the Tropical house from the very beginning on.

There are common marmosets running freely around in the Tropical house.

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. It’s very seldom that one of them would run on the ground.

Megabats (or 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.

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