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The zoo has several fixed enclosures that are available all year round. Amazon’s Edge is an exhibit that is designed to represent the Brazilian rainforest. Opened in 1993, it is home to black-necked swans, mallards, and howler monkeys as well as crested screamers. A wooden deck is set next to a forest riverbank, cliff face, waterfall, and water moat, with walkways allowing for visitors to become fully immersed in the surroundings and experience. A similar exhibit, although on a smaller scale, is the Rainforest Exhibit. This exhibit is a recreation of the Amazon rainforest and sees green iguanas and white-faced saki monkeys hide and climb amongst the plant life in an Amazon Rainforest-like setting.
Another exhibit is Tierra De Las Pampas, which simulates the endangered habitat of the Argentinian pampas grasslands and hosts a range of wildlife within the grounds. Visitors can see giant anteaters, emus, guanacos, kiwis, and rheas graze the grasslands and read the information plaques about the habitat and its inhabitants. School children and families can learn about insects, weather patterns, and research techniques at the Bauer Jaguar Exploration Outpost. The outpost is authentically modeled on a real-life outpost in the Amazon Basin. A particular favorite with visitors is the Ocelot Basin exhibit, where a pair of breeding Brazilian ocelots can be found in two separate enclosures. Also within the exhibit is a sand table, children’s den, and research canopy blind.
The expansive 9,000-square-foot Colors of the Amazon aviary is the exhibit for which the zoo is most famed. Visitors can walk through the covered enclosure and see hundreds of exotic birds fly through the air in and amongst the streams and a variety of tropical plant life and. Unusual bird species found in the aviary are the emerald toucanet and the scarlet ibis. Families and school groups can visit the Crean Family Farm to learn about rare breeds and barnyard animals. Set in 2 acres of farmyard, children can try milking a replica cow and feeding the goats. The farm has a red barn with two stories, which holds some of the larger animals.
Santa Ana Park also has a range of amusement rides. These include the the Zoofari Express, a child-safe train that takes passengers on a tour of the zoo, the Conservation Carousel Featuring Endangered Animals, which allows children to learn about endangered species and ride the animal-themed carousel, and lastly the Rainforest Adventure Maze, where interactive displays and learning stations inform and entertain visitors about the tropical surroundings. The zoo also contains the Knollwood Cafe at the Zoo, which provides drinks, snacks, and a menu full of lunchtime meals. The Treetops Toy Gift Shop situated near the entrance sells books, toys, and souvenirs.