Rainforest Re-call: How We Keep Our Animals Healthy and Happy!

Rainforest staff start their day much like a restaurant’s kitchen team: slicing vegetables, chopping fruit and carefully measuring portions.

Published February 22, 2016

With 86 species to feed, it takes an incredible amount of planning and a coordinated effort to ensure every animal thrives. 

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Food plays a role beyond nutrition in this exhibit. Mealtimes also help staff monitor animal health and habits! 

Each morning during a “bug drop,” the birds are fed live insects. With binoculars and an inventory sheet in hand, staff can observe each bird that flies down from the trees to eat. 


When animals are free-roaming, this type of observation is crucial. Behavioral changes alert staff to critical events, such as when a bird is about to lay eggs! Staff use this observation method to locate the nest, adjust diets and monitor any newborns. 

To learn more about how staff manage our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, click here!

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