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Rainforest of the Americas

At least half the world’s known species make their home in the rainforest, cohabiting and competing with one another in a complex, interconnected web of life. The Rainforest of the Americas exhibit brings the wonder and beauty of this amazing ecosystem to the Los Angeles Zoo.

A two-story Amazonian stilt house serves as the gateway to your jungle adventure. Getting there is half the fun: Walk across a wooden bridge to access the stilt house. Perch on the upper level to peer into the harpy eagles’ hillside habitat or observe the otters cavorting in the lagoon below. From the lower level, come face to face with piranha, stingrays, and other aquatic species.

Continue along the winding path to encounter more rainforest residents, including howler monkeys, Baird’s tapirs, dwarf caiman, jaguars, and a dazzling display of poison dart frogs. Along the way, stroll through a strangler fig, sit in an oropendola nest, and soak in the sights and sounds of the Amazon.

Fast Facts

  • 2.2-acre exhibit features an amazing array of neotropical plants and animals, including many endangered and vulnerable species.
  • Diversity is on display: This multi-species exhibit showcases birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish.
  • Lush foliage, detailed sculptures, and architectural elements create an immersive experience.
  • Interpretive graphics explore the unique adaptations each animal has made to its specific niche within the forest—and remind us of our own dependence on the rainforest for food, medicine, and oxygen.