Posts Tagged 'amazon river'

Animal Update – May 2

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Red-bellied Piranha’s in Amazon River Forest

Ten red-bellied piranhas have been added to our Amazon River Forest exhibit!

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Red-bellied piranhas can be found throughout the Amazon River basin. They are omnivorous scavengers, feeding mostly on a mix of insects, worms, crustaceans and smaller fish.

Although they’ve gained a ferocious reputation over the years, piranhas do not pose any attack risks to humans.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Animal Update – February 14

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New Discus in the Amazon River Forest

We’ve added discus to our Flooded Forest gallery within the Amazon River Forest exhibit!

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Found in slow-moving freshwater, discus live in tributaries in the Amazon River Basin. Schools of discus fish hide in underwater debris to avert predators.

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Did you know? These fish are great parents. Both mom and dad will guard the eggs, fanning them with their fins and picking off any that go bad to keep the clutch from growing fungus.

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!


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