Expedition through the Rainforest
The Tropical Islands Rainforest covers an area of 10,000 m² and is home to around 50,000 plants of 600 different varieties – from traveller's palms to Bengal trumpets. Explore this unique natural treasure by following the kilometre-long trail into the heart of the Rainforest. Turtles and dragonfish bustle about the mangrove swamps. Tropical Islands is also home to flamingos, macaws and pheasants.
The Tropical Islands Rainforest is a natural biotope. We maintain its equilibrium without the use of chemicals. To keep pests such as the banana moth under control, we use beneficial organisms. These useful insects also help keep the soil from becoming overly compacted.
One of the useful insects you might come across is pycnoscelus surinamensis – also known as the Surinam cockroach. The Surinam cockroach has nothing in common with our domestic cockroaches (you will not find any of them at Tropical Islands!). Its natural habitat is warm, moist soil. It is very unhappy in other environments, so if it wanders away from its home by mistake, it will try to return to it as quickly as possible.
The cockroaches and beetles found in the Tropical Rainforest are in no way harmful or dangerous. In fact, they are essential for sustaining the natural ecological environment. For example, they help turn the leaves falling onto the ground into top soil. We control their numbers in a natural way, too: the eye-catching gold pheasant, blue-breasted quail, peacocks and geckoes you are sure to meet on your tour of the Rainforest ensure that a natural balance is maintained. Please note: All the animals living at Tropical Islands are wild. Touching or feeding them is not allowed!
Kupu Kupu: The Butterfly House
In a 42-square-metre enclosure in the middle of the Rainforest, around 15 butterflies have found a new home. The name “Kupu Kupu” comes from the Indonesian language and means “butterfly”.
The exotic species of butterfly housed there, including great Mormons, common Mormons, clippers and green-coloured Papilio palinarus (also known as emerald swallowtails), come from Southeast Asia and are not native to our latitudes. Tropical Islands offers perfect conditions for their welfare and for close-up observation of their fascinating developmental cycle - from caterpillar to chrysalis to beautiful, multi-coloured adult specimens.