Enter Jaguar Jungle and an ancient Mayan civilization.
Jaguars are the most sacred animals of Mayan lore, and at Audubon Zoo they reside in a misty Mayan rainforest known as Jaguar Jungle. Take a moment to learn about the environment, animals, people, and cultures of the verdant jungles and rainforests of South America. There are recreated ruins and amazing animals like the endangered jaguars, giant anteaters, spider monkeys, macaws, and Brazilian ocelots. Look for Maya symbols throughout the exhibit including those for jaguars, fish, and bats!
A popular spot in this exhibit is the dig site where young archeologists can unearth Maya treasures!
The Nocturnal House
An archaeologist-themed exhibit features the "Criaturas de la Noche" (Creatures of the Night) Bat House, offering a glimpse of a jungle teeming with life after nightfall. A 42-foot, transparent flyway is filled with more than 200 Seba's short-tailed bats that thrive in the dark. The nocturnal house also includes vampire bats, ringtail cats, red-eyed tree frogs, giant cave roaches, Anthony's poison arrow frogs, Costa Rican zebra tarantulas, and engaging douroucouli—also known as Nancy Ma's night owl monkeys.
A children's play area features a climbing structure and new restroom facilities. A spacious Maya Village plaza near the play area offers a place for families to relax.