Posted by: travelrat | December 30, 2018

Tropical World, Leeds

Canal Gardens, Roundhay Park

Roundhay: 24th December 2018

I’ve posted about Tropical World, in Roundhay Park, Leeds before … but that was many moons ago, when it was called Butterfly World, and it didn’t cost anything to get in, and watch the butterflies fluttering by. But, times changed; it’s now called Tropical World, and it costs £6.50 to get in, and there’s a lot more to see beside butterflies.

Come to think of it, we didn’t see as many butterflies as we have in the past. Maybe the time of year has something to do with it, for there were cabinets with row upon row of chrysales in them.

(I know chrysales sounds pedantic, but ‘chrysalises’ neither looks nor sounds right!)

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In addition to the one or two butterflies we saw, there’s a lot more besides in this fairly accurate simulation of a rain-forest environment. Tropical birds, usually moving far too quickly for successful photography, lizards and fish … some of the last two in glass cases or tanks.

One thing you can’t often do in real life is step from a rain-forest directly into a desert. But, it has to be done, for the desert is the habitat of probably everyone’s favourite animal … the meerkat. You really can’t have any kind of animal attraction without them these days!

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One exhibit proved particularly amusing, where a recording of a ‘Mexican’ speaking of Maya culture was both educational and highly amusing. The voice of a Yorkshireman trying to sound like Speedy Gonzales just has to be heard to be believed!


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