Visitors to St Andrews Aquarium this Easter break will find themselves transported over 5000 miles into the tropics of the Amazon in a new exhibition, the Amazing Amazon, which opened last weekend.
St Andrews Aquarium worked with one of the UK’s leading theming companies on the four-month refurbishment. Visitors will be able watch hundreds of thousands of leaf-cutter ants as they go about their daily activities in the open exhibition, as well as catch a glimpse of some frogs, fishes, turtles, leeches and the odd piranha in this impressive new zone.
Covering over 2.1 million square miles, the Amazon Rainforest is home to over reptiles and over 420 amphibians. St Andrews Aquarium have introduced five new exhibits, including the largest Amazonian tank in Scotland, housing just some of the animals found in the largest rainforest in the world.
John Mace, Managing Director at St Andrews Aquarium, commented on the completion of the new area:
“The development of the Amazing Amazon exhibition has been another exciting addition to St Andrews Aquarium. We’re continuing to invest in refurbishments to ensure that our visitors get the very best experience and we’re delighted that people can now come and enjoy this exciting new exhibition and see some of the incredible Amazonian animals.”
Nursery children were among the first to experience the newly opened Amazing Amazon exhibition at a special visit on Tuesday 28th March. The five youngsters from Roseangle House Nursery in Dundee, who are due to open their St Andrews nursery next week, were invited along for a special first look.
St Andrews Aquarium has undergone some major refurbishments over the last year, with the opening of The Reef early last year, a re-vamp of the penguin enclosure and the latest new addition, the Amazing Amazon.
St Andrews Aquarium is open 7 days a week from 10:00am – 6:00pm, with last entry at 5pm.