RLizard sitting atop a large boulder in Reptile Mesa exhibit.
Plants

Reptile Mesa

Reptile Mesa has all kinds of exotic-looking plants (including, appropriately, dragon trees!) from all kinds of exotic locations. The task of maintaining a varied plant collection while creating natural habitats for the animal residents can be challenging. For example, in the green iguana exhibit on Reptile Mesa, the evergreen shrub, Xylosma sp., was selected because it is not a particularly flavorful plant from an iguana's point of view—so, the lizards would not consume it as fast as we planted it, which can often occur. Moreover, this plant is sturdy enough to allow these large-bodied lizards, which can weigh up to 8 or 10 pounds (3 to 5 kilograms), to bask on top of them.

Giant panda Bai Yun and cub.
Wildlife Conservancy

ADOPT A GIANT PANDA

A pair of giraffes against a Kenyan landscape.
CITIZEN SCIENCE

GIRAFFE SPOTTERS WANTED

HELP RESEARCHERS SAVE WILDLIFE
Greater one-horned rhino calf resting its head on its mother's while they wade in a pool of water.
ZOONOOZ

GREAT(ER) NEWS

TWO NEW RHINO CALVES AT THE PARK
Ring-tailed lemur, African penguin, and leopard illustrated in front of a laser light show.
EXPLORE SIX NEW HABITATS

AFRICA ROCKS

Hotel with pool
Creature Comforts

PREFERRED HOTELS