Fresno Chaffee Zoo’s Tropical Rainforest welcomes guests to a bird paradise. About a half-acre in size and 55 feet high, this open-air, walk-through exhibit is a celebration of flight as birds are able to fly through the trees above visitors’ heads for an authentic rainforest experience. Guests can also enjoy the peaceful sounds of waterfalls and watch as birds frolic and swim around in a series of small pools throughout this naturalistic exhibit.
The Tropical Rainforest houses a variety of birds such as sun conures, Inca terns, ringed teals, and roseate spoonbills, and features plants representing what people might see in a rainforest anywhere in the world. Through this exhibit, visitors will gain an appreciation for these magnificent birds and an understanding of the threats they face in the wild.
In 1988, the Tropical Rainforest exhibit, at a cost of about $2.2 million, was completed. In 1994, the construction of a toucan exhibit within the Tropical Rainforest exhibit was completed.