In a bio-biological miniature dome inside an origami-style glass building, the huge kapok tree stands 4 stories high and forms a closed ecosystem that evokes the world of the tropical rainforest, with more than 3000 species of plants and animals living under the largest artificial tree in world.
In the project “The Green Planet” located in City Walk Dubai, the experience began from the fourth floor, down through the lively area in a winding path that offers a unique opportunity to see many exotic and tropical animals. During the tour, the eco-dome was seen, which consists of four floors: the dome, the mezzanine, the forest floor and the rainforest floor; Each floor embodies the role and meaning of each part of the forest, with the canopy forming the roof of the tropical forest, absorbing the majority of sunlight and dispersing rain.
There are many types of birds and the famous bat cave, which includes bats «Siba» in their natural comfortable environment. As for the canopy, trees usually have large leaves to absorb all the sunlight that filters through the canopy, providing moisture, tranquility and shade to the forest floor, as sunlight barely reaches the land where many monkeys and reptiles live.
The rainforest floor on the second floor is damp, quiet and dark, and almost no sunlight reaches the ground, unlike the other lighter and more vibrant layers where the red-footed tortoise lives. There is plenty of ecological life on the first floor where the submerged rainforest is complete with a huge aquarium filled with fish species such as “Arapima” and “Arowana” and around 1000 “piranhas” and rays. On the ground floor, the Australian Nocturnal Creatures Walk takes visitors on a unique journey through a multi-species environment where operators control the illusion of day and night.
These species consist of a family of slow lorises and “Les Monitor” and a pair of Burmese pythons, which stretch between 4 and 5 meters in length, in addition to tokai gekko, sea frogs, wallabies and kookaburras, in addition to 9 large snakes with more than 72 births . This unique facility aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining the delicate balance of nature and inspire guests to take an interest in the value of the world’s oldest living ecosystems.
“There are more than 3,000 species of animals and plants, including hundreds of birds, reptiles, fish, mammals and invertebrates,” said Sarah Stevens, operations manager and curator at The Green Planet. We have accurate numbers for a number of the most prominent animals, including 2 ring-tailed lemurs (Kendrick Lemar and Roxy), 3 sloths (Father Liam, Mama Lemon and Baby Lyme) and a pair of blue and gold macaws (Kurt and Goldie) ) “, pointing out that the numbers are constantly changing. Due to the multiplication of animals and birds. Regarding their original habitat, she indicated that all the animals came from responsible sources and reputable animal care facilities around the world, and all official approvals and necessary permits were obtained through the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment before arriving at their new home in “The Green Planet”, based on their researched practices of carefully planning and attracting animals.
She emphasized that the facility provides a suitable environment that mimics the animals’ original habitat.
Sarah Stevens explained that the interaction between animals, the interaction between animals and guests and guest experiences continue to grow and change every year, adding that there are many future plans, in addition to new animals coming before the end of 2022. She explained that the recently signed memorandum of understanding with Dubai Safari Park. It paves the way for more cooperation to develop the animal breeding business, improve their conditions, facilitate their movement between the two locations and ensure the opening of communication channels between two of the most prominent and leading animal facilities in the Emirates.