Hall 3: Amazonian Fish
The Amazon hall presents the 'flooded rainforest', which is the biggest tank in the aquarium and keeps several stingray.
On display at ZSL London Zoo Aquarium we have an example of the Amazon rainforest...when the river has flooded its banks.
This exhibit provides an insight into the weird and wonderful creatures that leave the river and move into the forest that is transformed into an underwater jungle.
During the rainy season the Amazon river bursts it banks and its inhabitants take the chance to go swimming through the trees. Freshwater stingrays scour the forest floors looking for small fish to eat, hiding in the undergrowth to ambush their prey!
One of the most famous species in our Amazonian collection is, of course, the red-bellied piranha.
Well known for its razor-sharp teeth and appetite for meat, the piranha has actually been revealed as a shy and timid creature that does not swim in shoals to hunt, but for its own protection.
Red-bellied piranhas are found in the rivers of the Amazon basin. At ZSL London Zoo's Aquarium, we have been successful in breeding red-bellied piranhas for many years.