Amazon & Beyond Fun Facts


Construction Facts

  • It took about 200 workers to build Amazon & Beyond. 
  • Out of those 200 workers, it took 250,208 man hours.  That’s more than 28 years for one person!
  • 3,500 cubic yards of concrete were poured for Amazon & Beyond’s walkways and buildings. 
  • More than 40 companies helped construct and design the new 27-acre Amazon & Beyond exhibit at Zoo Miami.

Landscape Facts

  • It took 10,000 bags of mulch to landscape Amazon & Beyond. Each bag covers two cubic yards. Do the math and that’s enough to cover three football fields!
  • There are 16,000 cubic yards of dirt in the new Amazon & Beyond exhibit. Each cubic yard of dirt weighs more than a ton. The total weight of 16,200 tons is the combined weight of more than 2,000 male African elephants.
  • Exactly 21,573 new plants, trees, and shrubs were planted at Amazon & Beyond. Plants have the capacity of producing 5 ml of oxygen an hour. With these new plants alone, more than 107,000 ml of oxygen are created per hour—enough to sustain 216 people during a one hour period!
  • There are also 453 tons of new rock. That’s equivalent to one million pounds or 3,224 female Bengal tigers.

Exhibit Facts

  • The Flooded Forest tank holds 50,000 gallons of freshwater.  Asian elephants drink on average 30 gallons of water a day.  If 1,667 Asian elephants drank from the Flooded Forest, the tank would be empty in one day.
  • There are more than 100 different species of animals on exhibit at Amazon & Beyond.  Marquee animal exhibits include: an indoor reptile and amphibian house, jaguars, giant river otters, anacondas, and Harpy eagles. Families can enjoy an outdoor 1,000 gallon freshwater stingray touch tank.
  • There is an interactive fountain with jets that shoot 4,500 gallons of water that children can enjoy. There is also a lily pad water play area by the Orinoco River.