Leaping lemurs and hissing cockroaches will be taking up residence at the Florida Aquarium when a new exhibit, Journey to Madagascar, opens in a new gallery in the spring of 2014, the aquarium announced this week.
Known as a biodiversity hotspot, the country of Madagascar has rain forests, deserts, mountain highlands, tropical beaches and coral reefs. Scientists say some 80 percent of the plants and animals on the island of Madagascar are found nowhere else.
The aquarium's new gallery hopes to capture some of the uniqueness of the island.
Current plans for the gallery include a face-to-face experience with ring-tailed lemurs and interactive experiences including an area where guests can pop up into an exhibit filled with hissing cockroaches and an opportunity to see colorful chameleons, tortoises and an Indian Ocean coral reef up close.
Journey to Madagascar will replace Aquariumania, a gallery designed to show how fresh and salt water fish can be kept in tanks at home, located above the Wetlands Trail. It will be included in the price of admission. — Sharon Kennedy Wynne