Program / Visits

Taipei Zoo

The Tropical Rainforest House (Pangolin Dome)

Taipei Zoo is the most famous zoological garden in Taiwan and a leader in conservation, research, education and recreation. It is one of the largest zoos in Asia, with a total area of 165 hectares, around 400 species habituated.

The Tropical Rainforest House (Pangolin Dome) is a new exhibition room at the Taipei Zoo, made in the likeness of a pangolin, was officially unveiled and opened to the public on 9th July, 2019. With a design inspired by the pangolin, a kind of mammal with layers of keratin scales covering its skin, the building has emerged as a new landmark of Taipei Zoo, not least for its distinctive appearance. The design also seeks to raise public awareness on the importance of the conservation of the endangered species, whose scales and meat are a common target for poachers around the world.

The first of its kind on the island, the dome is touted as being certified eco-architecture. The building also boasts features that mimic ecological systems, characterized by trees, shrubs, and pools, and wildlife such as birds, mammals, amphibians, and fish.

The room houses a tropical rain forest, as well as a number of endangered species such as cotton-top tamarins and red and blue lories. The new room allows the public to see these animals, such as the two-toed sloth and blue bee-eaters, at very close distances.

Thursday, October 31 16:30 - 17:30