‘Amazonia’: South American mixed species exhibit from Blackpool Zoo Park
Exhibit which give more space and better facilities to South American Animals
Amazonia is a mixed species walk-through enclosure that was opened in May 2006. The concept was to house South American primates, mammals and aves in an open space that allows the visitor a full immersion experience. Species were carefully selected for their suitability to interact with sympatric animals and members of the public. Blackpool zoo currently has a large breeding group (19) of squirrel monkeys. These small and inquisitive monkeys form the focal point for the display.
This group was introduced initially in April 2006 with further species added to the exhibit over a period of a few months. This allowed for careful monitoring of the welfare of all individuals. The other primate species have been introduced as small groups or breeding pairs. The same pragmatics were applied to the aves and agouti introductions. The whole exhibit has been themed to create a chance for the visitors to experience a South American rainforest. With careful construction of walkways, aviaries and interpretation, the concept to create a unique zoo experience has been achieved. Since its opening, public feed-back has been incredibly positive, many stating it as the favourite part of the visit.
The level of engagement through this close encounter brings animals and people together and will enhance the visitor’s experience, hopefully giving a better understanding to many of these amazing South American animals and their global conservation importance.