Amazonia

Amazonia

Amazonia is the area Selwo Marina dedicates to the Amazon, the most legendary and charismatic of all tropical jungles, which plays host to half of the animal and vegetable species of the Planet, many of them yet to be catalogued. Amazonia has extensive representation of both flora and fauna species from the plentiful Amazon River. 

The Amazonia enclosure has two different rooms:

  • The first room, with aquaria where the waters and lands bordering the mythical river are recreated and where you can see species as disparate as the Ocellate Stingray, Pacu, Angelfish, Serpae Tetra, Plecostomus and the Poison Dart Frog, whose colours warn of the danger of the venom on its skin. This first room also hosts the Tarantula which surprises visitors by its size and shape.  All these species are from the great South American river and its tributaries.
  • The second room in Amazonia is made up of aquaterrariums, in which as well as different types of fish, visitors can also see different species of reptiles and amphibians which inhabit the river and its banks, as is the case of the green and brown Basilisk, reptile from the Iguanidae family, of antediluvian appearance, whose toes on the back feet have an edging of scales which allow the young animals to literally run on the surface of calm waters, reaching up to 12 kilometres/hour, before diving underwater in the event of danger. The Cane Toad is a curious batrachian species which must be carefully observed in order to figure out where it “hides”, as like other species in Amazonia, it has the ability to camouflage itself in order to go unnoticed, either through its colouring or its shape.  Different species of turtles form part of this enclosure such as the Matamata Turtle or the Yellow-Headed Turtle.

Amazonia also has lush vegetation, made up of 40 different species from the great tropical jungle, such as Cymbidium, Oncidium, Phalaenopsis, Vanda and Vuylstekeara Orchids, Bromelias such as Guzmania, Neoregleia, Tillandsia and Vriesea, and other eye-catching species such as Alocasia Amazonica, Asplenium Nidus, Dracaena Massangeana or Platycerium Superbum.

The Amazonian ants nest deserves a special mention, the habitat for an immense colony of leaf-cutter ants who works day and night transporting food with which they grow the fungus inhabited by the queen ant. It is a complex enclosure which faithfully reconstructs the temperature and humidity of tropical jungles. The ants nest provides the visitor with the opportunity to watch this entire laborious process which takes place both outside of the nest and in the subsoil.

Amazonia also has different multimedia games which add to the fun, together with conservationist messages, aimed at creating awareness amongst visitors of the importance of the environment and the dangers of climate change. Educational games that show, for example, the consequences for the planet of climate change.