Experience life at one of the most authentic rainforest recreations in the world as the Moody Gardens® Rainforest Pyramid® is now open after a $25 million enhancement project that takes you closer than ever to the over 1,000 species of exotic plants and animals from the rainforests of Africa, Asia and the Americas that populate the multi-level 10-story glass pyramid.
Your journey starts through the Rainforests of the World on a new walkway overlooking the endangered giant Amazon River otter exhibit before entering the pyramid at the canopy level, letting you explore the rainforest from the air and giving you a better opportunity to spot the birds, sloths, white-faced saki monkeys, cotton-top tamarins and other free-roaming tree-dwellers. The canopy walkway also includes one of Moody Gardens®’ most beloved features— a walk-in butterfly exhibit that lets you mingle with several species of beautiful butterflies.
Next, you journey through the cloud forests – nature’s water towers – and see colorful frogs and artifacts from rainforest peoples before you make your way to the nocturnal exhibit on the rainforest floor, where you’ll meet a prehensile-tailed porcupine, an African palm civet and other creatures that only come out at night.
Once on the rainforest floor, you’ll first encounter plants and animals from the Asian rainforest, including the carnivorous pitcher plant, colorful orchids and fish, two Chinese alligators and even a crocodile monitor – a large lizard who sometimes scales the walls of its exhibit and appears to hang from the walkway above.
The rainforests of Central and South America are next, filled with colorful macaws perched near the flowing waterfall and the majestic spotted ocelot. This section also features interactive exhibits showcasing the smells of rainforest foods and spices as well as a display of everyday products derived from the rainforest. You’ll also tour the Mayan ruins, a replica temple home to a giant green anaconda, piranhas, caiman lizards, and even vampire bats.
Finally, take a walk down the Africa trail to meet the adorable blue duiker and marvel at the spider plant, giant windowpane palm and the dead rat tree (don’t worry, the name isn’t a literal description). As you exit, you'll walk along a full wall dedicated to the ground-dwellers of the rainforest, including a Damaraland mole rat, Brazilian rainbow boa and a cobalt blue tarantula, completing your journey from the treetops to the very floor of the breathtaking Rainforest Pyramid®, only found at Moody Gardens®.
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