10 of the best things to see at Tropical World in Leeds
Home to a number of tropical habitats, there are a wealth of intriguing sights to be seen at this popular family attraction.
By Claire Schofield
Tuesday, 14th May 2019, 4:36 pm
There are a wealth of intriguing sights to be seen at Tropical World
Based at Roundhay Park, visitors can journey through the rainforest, mangroves, desert and the nocturnal world, meeting a range of exotic animals along the way. Here are 10 not to be missed.
Located in the desert area are a gang of adorable Meerkats, who will stand to attention as you pass by. A number of plant, animal and birds from the arid areas of the Americans and South Africa can also be spotted here.
Up to 30 varieties of butterfly can be spotted inside the butterfly house, among the exotic plants and citrus trees. Look out for the Owl Butterflies, which can grow up to 20cm - around the same size as a large dinner plate.
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Morelet's Crocodiles - also known as the Mexican crocodile - grow to around three metres in length and are normally found in forest freshwater lakes, swamps and ponds of Mexico, Belize and northern Guatemala.
Tucked away in the warmth of the South American house, these ducks might be spotted hanging around the pond or among the trees. The high pitched whistle is likely to be heard by the noisy birds before they are seen.
This South American fish is the largest fish that lives in Tropical World and can grow to around 100 centimetres in length.
The cotton-top tamarin is one of the most endangered primates in South American and are usually only found in the rainforests of north western Colombia. Distinctive for their white hair, they should be easy to spot.
Bats can be found hanging upside down inside the nocturnal section of Tropical World, if you can spot them among the darkness.
A fellow inhabitant of the nocturnal house, the Armadillo is distinctive for armoured shell, which is made of bone forms part of its skeleton. The bony plates are used as a protective shield from predators.
Finding Nemo fans can enjoy hunting down the brightly coloured fish inside the aquarium. There are a number of species to spot, but the Clown Fish stands out for its striking orange and white stripes.
Located in Creature Corner are a number of tortoises, including one named George. Keepers believe he is one of the oldest in Britain at between 50 and 60 years old. You can tell their age by counting the ring markings on the shell.