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

Reptile Mesa

At A Glance

  • Location: Discovery Outpost
  • 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
    Baby hamadryas
    ZOONOOZ

    BABY BOOM

    NEW ARRIVALS AT THE ZOO AND PARK
    Baby elephant being fed by a caretaker at Reteti Elephant Sanctuary
    ZOONOOZ

    TRAILBLAZING CONSERVATION

    TINY TUSKERS GET A SECOND CHANCE
    Hotel with pool
    Creature Comforts

    PREFERRED HOTELS