A turquoise butterfly flutters by. Ibis and small birds fly freely over the treetops. The croaking of frogs, the twittering of birds and the calls of apes can be all heard over the thundering waterfall. It’s hot and humid. Welcome to an 18,000 cubic metre, green rainforest cube!
A rainforest in Gothenburg
From the misty mountains of the Andes to the Amazon River delta, the South American rainforest spreads outs like a giant green carpet. This rainforest is home to a richness of species that can’t be found anywhere else on Earth. Except maybe in Gothenburg.
Universeum’s rainforest is a model of a South American tropical rainforest, also known as a Neotropical rainforest. It’s really hot and sweaty in here! The temperature in a Neotropical rainforest is a constant 20−25 degrees Celsius the whole year round. But the relative humidity, which is often over 90 per cent, makes the temperature seem even higher. You’ll experience this yourself when you enter Universeum’s green adventure.
At Universeum you’ll learn a whole lot about the animals, plants and people in the rainforest. And you get to see the part you play in the survival of the rainforest. What can you do to help preserve the world’s rainforests?
Places to visit in the rainforest at Universeum:
The Kapok TreeUse rickety suspension bridges, winding stairways and narrow passages to get to the new kapok tree! From the Treehouse at the top, 25 metres above ground, you get a breathtaking view of the rainforest canopy.
At the top of the Rainforest is Sloth Mountain, where our sloths, common marmosets and red-bellied piranhas live.
The sloth Annika was sexed as a female at birth. But she turned out to be male, and now Annika lives together with the female Tallina!
The CanyonYou’ll find the Canyon on level 2 in the Rainforest. The Canyon is teeming with small birds, butterflies, frogs and lizards! And there’s a large number of wild plants, all with a story of their own to tell.
The River TempleHere you’ll find Goeldi’s monkeys, pied tamarins, white-tailed jays, dwarf caimans and tortoises. But these are only a few of all the animals that call the River Temple their home. The temple ruins are inspired by the tombs of the Chachapoyas.