The Living Rainforest – Newbury, Berkshire

I woke up early on Sunday for a ‘risk assessment’ visit to The Living Rainforest for a science school trip I am planning to take some of my pupils on. It was also a chance for me to get some photos of some exotic animals and plants.

It is a fairly small attraction in the middle of the countryside. The journey made for a nice Sunday drive through some picturesque villages and fun roads.

There were a few animals that stole the show for me. The bright blue Poison Dart Frogs looked stunning against their dull, rainforest floor habitat.

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The Goeldis Monkeys proved almost impossible to capture on my camera. The dark conditions, coupled with the fact that they were running/jumping everywhere made these shots really difficult to take!

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Nearby the Goeldis Monkeys was the Living Rainforest’s resident Two toed sloth ‘Cinnamon’. Cinnamon had nestled herself high up in the canopy and didn’t feel like moving into a good sight line on our visit.

This Water Dragon really stole the show for me though. He was so photogenic!

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…and this Emerald Tree Boa really ‘pops’ in its shady enclosure.

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All of these animals were found within an immersive rainforest, humid hot house environment. My camera wasn’t a huge fan of this as it acclimatised, fogging up lenses, eye pieces but thankfully not sensors!

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The Living Rainforest was also home to a range of free-roaming birds which I didn’t manage to capture many decent shots of.

All in all it was a pleasant visit to a small attraction. It got me out of the house on a Sunday and I’m sure my pupils will love the trip!

 

 

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