Imagine winding your way from the majestic rainforest canopy to the flooded forest floor, surrounded by lush foliage, colorful birds, and playful primates. If you think this sounds like something you would experience in South America, you are right! However, you can have the same experience in Evansville, Indiana.
Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden is pleased to present AMAZONIA, Forest of Riches, the largest and most spectacular exhibit to open in the Zoo’s 80 year history. As you journey through AMAZONIA, you will encounter dozens of rainforest residents from high in the canopy to the forest floor below. Tropical trees and palms soar to the 45-foot tall roof and create a breathtaking tropical setting. Monkeys and beautiful birds welcome you to their treetop homes. A waterfall roars and a suspension bridge beckons. Evidence of researchers are apparent through the clipboards (educational signage) and the research station (classroom with interactive activities) they have left behind. Tapirs and other odd creatures greet you around each bend in the trail. Be on the lookout for the elusive and majestic jaguar! AMAZONIA will have a strong conservation message throughout. We invite you to explore the Amazon, no passport required!
Special thanks for this exhibit to:
- Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau
- Evansville Parks Foundation
- Mead Johnson Nutritionals
- Alcoa Foundation
- William and Phyllis Grimm
- Pedia Research
- Dr. Jason White Allergy and Asthma Care Center
- Deaconess Hospital, Inc.
- Hilliard Lyons