"Rainforest"
The Rainforest Is home to many birds and primates that live in rainforests all over the world. The birds fly freely through the aviary, often perching on railings as visitors go by. Bird feeding statations that contain nectar, fruit, and bird seed are stationed throughout the rainforest so that visitors can view them close up. The Mammals are in glass enclosures that give visitors a clear view. Keepers interact several times a day with the mammals and birds to do enrichment and training. Other exhibits include bats, leaf cutting ants, snakes and frogs of different species. All can be seen through clear glass.

Tropics Collage

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Photo Collages by Linda Hanhilammi, Monday guide



The following photos were taken by Judith Wolfe

Lemur

Lemur

Lemur

Lemur

The following photos were taken by Linda Hanhilammi
Lemur

Lemur

Lemur



All of the following photos are by Ferne Spieler

Piping Guan

Cookie

Cookie is a Piping Guan. She has free run of the rain forest and can often be seen greeting visitors from a perch near the door.


Cotton Top Tamarin

Cotton Top Marmoset

Cotton Top Tamarin looks like his name implies. They are about eight inches tall and run very fast. There are two cotton top families in the rainforest.


Golden-headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-headed lion tamarin is one of the endangered species that live in the Central Park Zoo rainforest. It has long fingers and looks for food and insects inside a hole in a tree. It is about eight inches tall.



Colobus Monkeys

Ella
Colobus monkeys live in a large enclosure. They nap on high rocks and sleep next to the viewing windows.Their diet is mostly leaves. The keepers provide browse ( leafs on branches) for the colobus monkeys.

The Gecko

The Gecko
The Gecko has toe pads and hooks that help them grip and climb trees. They eat crickets and mealworms. Look up and you may see one climbing along a man made tree trunk. All plant life is real.



Victoria Crown Pigeon

Victoria Crown Pigeon and Chick
Victoria Crown pigeon with her new chick. The chick is born with no crest. In less than four months the chick reaches full size. It is the largest bird in the pigeon family, almost two feet high.

Marmosets

Marmosets
Marmosets are one of the small primates that the father carries the young on its back until it is able to go off on its own.

Marmoset and Raymond
This is an example of a keeper doing enrichment with a marmoset. This allows the keepers to keep a close eye on the animal as well as enjoy such treats as fruit or worms.

Mouse Deer

Mouse Deer
Mouse deer is from Asia. It has a robust body and very slender legs. Likes to eat fruit and berries. Shares the beach with turtles and birds.


Nicobar Pigeon

Nicobar Pigeon
Nicobar Pigeon is one of the colorful birds that fly freely through the rainforest.

Red Lory

Red Lory
Red Lories sleep and breed in trees. They have a specialized diet of pollen or nectar. They pollinate the flower upon which they feed. Feeding trays are placed throughout the rainforest. They are placed near ledges where visitors can watch them up close.

Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis
The Scarlet Ibis can be seen high up in the trees. The scarlet color comes from the food that it eats. The long bill helps this bird hunt for worms that live in the mud.

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frog
The poison dart frogs are very easy to see, but in the wild most enemies stay away because of the poison that he makes on his back. The poison was used for darts- thus the name Poison Dart Frogs.

Fruit Bat

Fruit Bat
Fruit bats are flying mammals.They are active at night They have large eyes and see in color. They rest during the day while hanging upside down from their feet. They fly from plant to plant to get food, they polinate the plants and disperse seeds as they eat.

White Tree Frog

White Tree Frog
White's Tree Frogs like to live in trees. Their feet are equipped with suction cups so they can climb on smooth surfaces with ease. The green color helps them to blend in with the leaves. They can make themselves very flat. They become active a night and will feed on insects or anything they can catch and fit in their mouth.

Emerald Tree Boa

Emerald Tree Boa
The Emerald Tree Boa is a green snake with white bands. The forked tongue senses odors and they have heat sensors under the upper lip, so they can locate warm-blooded prey such as mammals and birds.

Tarantulas

Tarantulas
Tarantulas are large hairy spiders that live in warm areas. They have a hard outer skeleton and not an internal skeleton. They kill their prey using venom from their fangs. They can also crush their prey using powerful mouth parts.





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