Rio Amazon

Rio Amazon display recreates the primeval, lush world of the Rainforest where more than 2,000 species of fish thrive.

Discover freshwater stingrays, cardinal tetras, four-eyed fish, poison dart frogs, zebra cichlids, armored catfish, Arapaima, mudskippers, green iguanas, and the voracious and feared piranha.

Some Featured Species

Piranhas are divided into two subfamilies, one carnivorous, one herbivorous. The herbivores are commonly called pacus and can grow up to 44-pounds. The carnivores are much smaller, but are renowned for their ferocity and fearlessness.

Frequently, in the wild, they become stranded in pools due to drought conditions. When this happens they have been known to attack cows, crocodiles, and even humans, and can strip the flesh off their prey in minutes.

Native of the Amazon and its tributaries, the Arapaima or Pirarucu, is one of the largest fresh water fish in the world.

Specimens of 10 feet in length and weighing 400 pounds are common and enormous specimens of 15 feet and 1,000 pounds have been reported.

The Arapaima can make an exhale breathing sound that can be heard 100 feet away, and its tongue is so rough that natives use them to grate food!

The fantastically colorful poison dart frogs of Central and South America are extremely poisonous. Despite their tiny size, the largest is less than 1 1/2″ in length, these frogs are highly toxic and some can be lethal to man.

Native hunters in the rainforest use the poisons from these frogs on the tips of their blow darts and arrows when hunting.

The Redtail Catfish of South America can grow to over 5 feet in length!

It’s cat-like “whiskers” are really barbels, which it uses for sensing food in the murky waters it inhabits. Aside from their whiskers, catfish are distinguishable by their lack of scales.