Africa is a land of lush jungles, endless desert, and scenic coastlines. With a large variety of terrains, it’s home to a wide variety of spectacular species that call these landscapes home. While the continent is hundreds of miles away, San Diego residents can lay their eyes on these amazing ecosystems at a new exhibit coming to the San Diego Zoo.
Africa Rocks is an 8-acre project located in the area of the zoo formerly known as Cat and Dog Canyon. Guests will meander through a winding pathway, traveling through areas such as dense forests and underwater rooms representing six diverse landscapes in Africa with over 40 species amongst them.
Amazing biodiversity awaits at these one-of-a-kind exhibits. Here’s what you can look forward to…
Along the South African coast is a small belt of natural shrubland that is home to unique species that can only be found in this region. Visitors can lay their eyes on this beautiful landscape and the majestic creatures that call it home. The stars of the show will be a colony of African penguins who will reside in small coves, a cobble beach area, and a vast 200,000-gallon pool with depths up to 13 feet. The zoo has partnered with the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds to conserve and protect this endangered species.
As the fourth largest island in the world, Madagascar has been known for its diverse species that can only call this unique ecosystem home. One of these amazing creatures is the Coquerel’s Sifaka, or better known as a lemur. When they’re not soaring through the rainforest, this adorable species is also known for their moves on the ground, where they hold their arms out and hop. This delightful routine is called the “sifaka dance.”
Mirroring a vast region of grassy plateaus, hot deserts, and soaring crags is the Ethiopian Highlands exhibit. The headliner of the show is the Hamadryas Baboon, who has mastered life in the mountains of Ethiopia with its ability to scale sheer cliff faces and withstand the wind-swept habitat. Visitors can marvel as these unique creatures form groups, climb rocks, and show off their huge canine teeth.
These are just a few of the amazing landscapes and species guests can enjoy at the upcoming Africa Rocks exhibit opening June 10th.
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