Frequent visitors to the Vivarium will have seen that our main rainforest exhibit has been completely reconstructed over the past month or so. The work has meant stripping out the old exhibit which leaked and professionally re-sealing the whole structure. A false floor has been fitted by specialist contractors to allow for the new exhibit to be extensively planted out, whilst still allowing for an automated spray and humidity system to operate which mists the exhibit to create the perfect environment. The latest specialist lighting together with dedicated ventilation and extract also ensure the double glazed viewing glass panels remain clear and accurate temperature/humidity control is maintained.
The work is now finished and plants and animals recently added. The exhibit focuses on Central American rainforests and highlights sustainability and the need for conservation. A brand new graphic panel and information graphics on the glass have also been incorporated to reinforce the messages we hope visitors will leave with. Apart from Cone Headed lizards and butterflies, two species of Poison-dart frog have been introduced, Dendrobates auratus (El Cope form) and Oophaga pumilio (Cayo de Agua) and these appear to be thriving. The large group of captive-bred green and bronze Auratus are particularly bold and stunning specimens. These beauties we recently obtained specially for the exhibit from Mark Pepper in Canada. The new exhibit appears to be quite a hit with staff and visitors alike, so if you do get the opportunity to visit please come and have look at our rainforest in the heart of Manchester. For further images and video clips of the stages of exhibit reconstruction from beginning to end please Click Here.
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