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Hidden In Plain Sight

There are hidden treasures tucked away throughout the National Aquarium. Follow along as we share some insider secrets!

Published August 12, 2015

Waterfront Park

Did you know the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Waterfront Park is a certified wildlife habitat? 

wildlife habitat

Upland Tropical Rain Forest

Real cocoa and banana plants are growing in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest! 

That insect-like trill you hear when entering the rain forest is actually a frog! 

poison dart frog

A phantasmal poison dart frog to be exact. Look closely and you may spot these tiny amphibians hopping around in the soil.

Australia: Wild Extremes

Before you cross the bridge in our Australia: Wild Extremes exhibit, look right. You’ll see a small potted tree. It may look unassuming, but that Wollemi Pine is rare. It’s prehistoric, and fewer than 100 mature trees exist in the wild, protected in the Wollemi National Park.

Look up! Our grey-headed flying foxes tend to hang out in the rafters—literally.

Gray-headed flying fox

Have you noticed our desert lizards like to bask on rocks? Beneath those ledges, flexible pipes circulate heated water, making them a real creature comfort for a cold-blooded lizard.

Stay tuned for part two of this series! 

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