It contains the world’s longest river, the Earth’s biggest desert, as well as jungles, swamps, and even a glacier. With this amazing variety of habitats, Africa hosts the most diverse range of animal and plant species on the planet. Africa Rocks brings a piece of Africa to your backyard, showcasing hundreds of plant and animals species. From the savanna to the shore, it features more than five different habitats.
One of Africa Rocks main features will be Rady Falls and Madagascar Habitat. The 65-foot-tall Rady Falls will be the largest man-made waterfall in San Diego and will feature the world’s smallest crocodile, the dwarf crocodile. The amazing marsh habitat will include a fabulous display of plants including papyrus and reeds.
The Zoo’s magnificent Madagascar Habitat will showcase some of the island’s most charismatic wildlife. New naturalistic habitats will provide enriching new homes for more than seven species of lemurs, including the red ruffed lemur. Lemurs are the animals for which Madagascar is best known but they are also critically endangered due to habitat loss. These new homes will allow us to breed and increase the population of some of the rarest lemur species.
One of those rare lemur species is the elusive aye-aye, the largest nocturnal primate on Earth. Scientists consider it one of the world’s most unique primates since it fills the niche of woodpeckers. An aye-aye taps on tree looking for hollow spots. Once one is located, it gouges a hole in the bark with its teeth and uses its elongated middle finger to probe for insect larvae.
The Africa forest habitat will feature patas and vervet monkeys and a dazzling diversity of African birds, from colorful carmine bee-eaters to the largest of the hornbills, the southern ground hornbill. Visitors will be able to observe as one of nature’s most amazing animal architects, the sociable weaver, builds one of the largest nests in the world that could eventually weigh more than a ton. The exhibit will offer fun, engaging activities for children as well as opportunities for them to meet animal caretakers and see how animals are trained for husbandry needs. The exhibit will also highlight conservation efforts for the species and provide information about how guests can help endangered wildlife.