New Rainforest Exhibit at Niabi Zoo

August  15, 2014

      From now on, you can visit the Columbian rainforest and not leave the Quad Cities. Today, the Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley opened its new rainforest-themed exhibit, called "Jungle Trek Discovery Center." 

      The indoor exhibit recreates a South American rainforest by using natural light, plants, and soil.  It also features species native to South America such a two-toed sloth and two Cotton-Top Tamarins.

      The project cost $93,000. 

       Zoo Director, Marc Heinzman, hopes "Jungle Trek Discovery Center" will help visitors understand more about rainforests and why they should be preserved.