Caiman

Journey To South America

Journey To South America takes you through the rainforests of South America, where you will encounter 10-foot anacondas, piranha, caiman alligators, desert insects, tree boas, electric eels, tree frogs and Amazon giants. The exhibit will also educate guests about the biodiversity of rainforest ecosystems, the benefits rainforests provide us and how we all can help protect these amazing habitats!

Feature Exhibits Include:

TOUCAN AVIARY

Toucans at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper Utah. Toucans at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper Utah.

One of the fun features of Journey to South America is visiting the toucans. Toucans are a member of the Ramphastid Family. They are secondary cavity nesters. This means they take over an opening in a tree that has been made by another bird, such as a woodpecker, clean it out and make it their home to build their nest. The Swainson’s, or Chestnut Mandible Toucan, is the second largest toucan in the toucan family. They lay 2 to 4 eggs and both parents take turns caring for the chicks.

 

FROGS

Frogs at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper Utah. Frogs at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper Utah.

The Journey to South America features several types of Poison Dart frogs. When potential predators see the bright colors and elaborate designs on these frogs, they know to move on. The colors and designs are a warning that eating the frogs will result in death for both the frog and the predator. Scientists have discovered that an extract from the skin of the Phantasmal Poison frog can block pain 200 times more effectively than morphine, without addiction and other serious side effects.