One of the more weird and wonderful new openings in town will officially start welcoming the public from Thursday September 1.
The Green Planet at City Walk is a real treat for nature lovers.
It realistically mimics the rainforest environment by regulating temperature and humidity levels, and it’s home to an impressive assortment of 3,000 living species.
Using leading scientists, zoologists and architects from around the world, the giant, 45-metre-tall cube-like structure has been developed as an educational and recreational space for all ages – a living, breathing ecosystem built around a man-made tree that stands 25 metres tall.
Guests start inside the Flooded Forest, around which an aquarium of stingrays, arapaima, turtles and more swim. Gazing upwards through a cavernous hole, vines, branches and the canopy of the tree splay out like a network of natural pathways. A lift takes you up and right into its heart, surrounded by chirping birds, insect exhibits and a range of other wildlife, all of which, while not able to be touched make the experience fully interactive.
The Green Planet is the coolest museum exhibition you’ve probably ever seen, and will certainly the best one you’ve ever been a part of.
From toucans to colourful parrots of all shapes and sizes, the multitude of swooping birds create a beautiful soundtrack for the biodome.
Creepies and crawlies
While the sheer size of the tree has the “wow factor”, there are plenty of palm-sized critters to catch your attention. And some are even bigger than that!
Sloths and porcupines
Yes, internet meme fans rejoice, for there are two sloths – one male, one female – freely roaming around. The pair, while slow, are surprisingly active.
A waterfall cascades through the ceiling into a covered “basement”, home to the marine life that also live in our rainforests, including turtles.