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TROPICAL HOUSE
Tropical House - WWT Slimbridge (May 2015) ©Nigel Key
Inside the Tropical House - WWT Slimbridge (September 2012) ©Nigel Key
Inside the Tropical House - WWT Slimbridge (September 2012) ©Nigel Key
Inside the Tropical House - WWT Slimbridge (September 2012) ©Nigel Key

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ZONE WILDFOWL

The following wildfowl, amongst others, was found in the Tropical House at WWT Slimbridge, click image for information: -
African Pygmy Goose (WWT Slimbridge May 2013) - pic by Nigel Key
African Pygmy Goose
Dispite it's name, the African Pygmy Goose is actually a perching duck from sub-Saharan Africa and is the smallest of Africa's wildfowl.
Madagascar Teal (WWT Slimbridge September 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
Madagascar Teal
One of the World's rarest and least known ducks, restricted to coastal mangrove forests during the breeding season and to shallow lakes and estuaries when not breeding.
Pink-Eared Duck (WWT Slimbridge September 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
Pink-Eared Duck
Prefers shallow, temperate water in timbered areas, flies long distances in search of water in large flocks reaching the coast in dry years.
White-Backed Duck (WWT Slimbridge July 2012) - pic by Nigel Key
White-Backed Duck
In the wild these ducks are shy and favour lily-covered lakes venturing out to feed at dawn and dusk. The White back can be seen during flight.
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Tropical House Demolition
Development at WWT Slimbridge (©Nigel Key WWT Slimbridge July 2019)
Plans for a new walk through 2,000 sqm (21,527 sqft) aviary at WWT Slimbridge mean that the much loved 50 year old Tropical House is to be demolished. The WWT said it was "sorry" to see the tropical house go but its replacement will be "much better equipped".

The Tropical House had around 20 birds and up to 40 fish. The trust said half the birds will be moved to the new aviary while the remaining wildlife will be transferred to zoos and private collections.

The new aviary will conserve various species, such as Avocet, Black-Tailed Godwit and Bearded Tits, that are rarely seen in Gloucestershire. There will also be an open air 'Living Theatre' offering visitors the chance to see free-flying pelicans and diving whistling ducks.

The Tropical House has been at WWT Slimbridge for 50 years and it was a difficult decision to demolish it but the large new aviary and 'Living Theatre' will offer more opportunity for visitors to see the wildlife.

Living Wetland Theatre - planned to open Easter 2020
Click here for further details from official WWT Website.


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WWT SLIMBRIDGE ZONES

WWT Slimbridge is divided into various Zones and places of interest. The links below contain information on wildfowl that can be found in each Zone: -
Andean Flamingo Zone
Asia Zone
Australia Zone
Back From The Brink
Flamingo Lagoon
Geese Of The World
Lesser Flamingo Zone
North America Zone
Otter Pool Zone
Pampas Pen Zone
South America Zone
Swan Lake Zone
Tropical House
Tundra Zone
Wader Shore Zone
Caribbean Flamingo Zone


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