Amazon River Forest

Home to a Third of the World's Animal Species

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Amazon River Forest

This exhibit portrays an Amazon tributary at the beginning stage of its seasonal flooding into the surrounding forest. One-third of the world’s animal species call the Amazon home, including the emerald tree boa, hungry piranha and dwarf caiman. Two small displays portray identical slices of the river forest: one in the rainy season and the other in the dry season.

Animals in This Exhibit

  • Discus

    As one might expect based on the name, discus have a round, flat body that is similar in shape to a disk. They vary in color—donning hues of green, red, brown and blue and have dark vertical stripes.

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  • Emerald Tree Boa

    Emerald tree boas are an exquisite green color. Many have striking white markings occurring along the dorsal midline, although some individuals lack them. Juveniles range from yellow to orange or red.

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  • Giant Amazon River Turtle

    The giant Amazon river turtle is one of the largest freshwater turtles in the world.

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  • Giant Leaf Frog

    These frogs inhabit drier parts of the treetops, where they prevent themselves from drying out by wiping wax, produced by special skin glands, over their bodies.

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  • Silver Arowana

    Adult arowanas are silvery, while juveniles have a blue glint. They have very large scales and a huge oblique mouth.

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  • White-Blotched Stingray

    The White-Blotched River Stingray is one of the most unique and interesting rays. Its distinctive pattern consists of white dots on a black background, helping the ray blend into its river habitat.

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Ken Howell
Curator of Rain Forest Exhibits

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As the curator of rain forest exhibits, Ken starts his day early with an exhibit walkthrough to make sure everything is running smoothly. Learn More

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