Tropical Freshwater Exhibit

Tropical freshwater ecosystems (swamps, lakes and rivers) are critical habitats for many endangered species and, at the same time, very beneficial for humans too. In addition to being water sources in their region, freshwater ecosystems of Central and South America prevent and regulate floods, stop saline water from entering the area, alleviate ground erosion by containing sediment and nutrients, eliminate toxins, and are used for transport and tourism. Our tropical freshwater exhibit is inhabited by red-bellied piranhas, midas cichlids, Cuvier's dwarf caimans and oscars.