Meet the animals

Rainforest floor (Waterfall area)

The rainforest floor is crawling with life. Take a look around and see for yourself. When you visit look closely and you’ll see leaf-cutter ants, butterfly pupae and the arrowhead plant, which grows enormous leaves 15 feet above the floor.

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  • Did you know?

    Chocolate comes from the pods of cocoa trees in the rainforests of South & Central America. If there were no rainforests we would have no chocolate, imagine that!

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Come with us on a journey below the surface of the water from mangroves and swamps to rivers, lakes and the sea. Meet the incredible creatures that live there.

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  • Did you know?

    Clown Fish allow anemones’ tentacles to graze their bodies to build up a tolerance to the poison. They can then eat the anemones’ leftover food.

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Wander among cacti and soak up the heat of our Yorkshire desert. Many think deserts are devoid of life but a visit to Tropical World will bury that myth.

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  • Did you know?

    Meerkat gangs hunt together in a collaborative effort that involves designated lookouts which rotate regularly and rely on a series of distinct calls.

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Rainforest canopy

Climb up to the roof of the forest and get a bird’s eye view of what life is like suspended 20 metres above the rainforest floor.

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  • Did you know?

    The cotton-top monkey is listed as critically endangered with only about 6,000 remaining in the wild.

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Creature corner

Unwind for a while and bask in the heat with our snakes, lizards and iguanas. Slither out of the rainforest and into creature corner and meet our astonishing reptiles.

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  • Did you know?

    The world’s longest snake species is the Reticulated Python, which can exceed the length of a double-decker bus.

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The animals in this enclosure have moved to a new home! We are happy to report that they have been selected as species of interest to studbook holders for breeding programmes at other collections. Watch this space for new developments at Tropical World.

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  • Bats
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  • Madagascar Giant Jumping Rats


Spread your wings and let your heart flutter in the butterfly house. Witness first-hand their life cycle from hungry caterpillar to sociable butterfly.

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  • Did you know?

    We have between 20 and 30 species of butterflies at Tropical World. Our Owl Butterflies can grow up to 20cm. That’s the same size as a large dinner plate.

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meet the animals

Discover your inner explorer at Tropical World. An unforgettable journey through rainforest, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world awaits.

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