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Dec 1, 2008

Tropical House

Tropical House from Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society

Inovative transformation of an old reptile house

In 2005 Twycross Zoo opened its Tropical House exhibit. This exhibit is a full immersive experience.

The public enter the exhibit through a heavily planted walkway into the rangers/researchers’ living area. Moving into the rangers’/research hut they can see some small animal species in a tank and notes on the species inside the main exhibit.

Through the plastic flap barrier people enter the rainforest. This area of the exhibit is planted to look like the rainforest and a variety of species are freely roaming within it. They then follow the path through the jungle and pass through a cave.

Once exiting the main exhibit they pass through the flap barrier and emerge into the hut again and leave the building through a planted area. The public can only view the Tropical House in an organized tour. These are by free ticket only and conducted on the hour from 11am to 5pm.

A member of staff conducts the tour and gives information on the exhibit, animals, plants and a conservation message. We evaluated the public’s perception of the Tropical House with questionnaires completed after they have exited from the exhibit. When asked about the overall experience of the exhibit 58% said it was very good, 29% said good and 13% said ok. No respondents said it was poor or very poor.

The animal species are doing well in the enclosure. All three mammal species have bred, although the bird species have not bred due to predation. The common boas have now bred twice.

Developed by:  Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society

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