I am not delirious when I say I visited a rainforest in San Francisco.
The truth is that I love rainforests. I believe this infatuation started by the many visits I made to El Yunque. This is a rainforest located in the east coast of Puerto Rico (the only one in the United States) and it is considered one of the greatest natural sights in our beautiful island. Since moving away from my tiny pearl on the Caribbean, I have visited forests in Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and Brazil. In fact, hiking and wildlife viewing are some of my favorite things to do. Who would guess that? Hmmmm.
Enough about my personal preferences. You may wonder how a cold, foggy, obscure place like San Francisco can sustain a rainforest. Ok, I am not trying to be deceptive so I will confess the truth. I am not referring to a real rainforest (dahhhhhh). The one starring in this post is inside the following place.
Yes, there is a rainforest inside the California Academy of Sciences.
Here is a view of the place from above.
The Osher Rainforest is located inside a giant sphere. The climate inside this transparent ball is controlled to give visitors a feel of the tropics. The exhibit focuses on the rainforests of Costa Rica, Madagascar, Brazil and Borneo. Each “floor” showcases living creatures (including snakes, yuck) and information aimed to educate people about these fragile ecosystems. Another interesting feature is that every “floor” represents certain altitude in the forest. For example, in the bottom floor, you are going to find plant and animals that can only be found at that altitude.
The interesting thing is that you somehow feel like in a forest. The heat, the humidity, the trees, the waterhole, the animals, they are all there. I enjoyed too much seeing the butterflies and birds flying around. I even saw guys trying to lure butterflies to land on their fingers. Isn’t that cute?
Plus, there were some really cool chameleons and poison dart frogs. Lets also add this is the perfect solution if you don’t have plans of visiting a rainforest soon (I do have so plans so I don’t fall in that group).
Well, today is photo day so I will leave you with some of the photos I took during my visit. Let me know if you have any questions.
Oh, forgot to mention that the actual rainforest roof is alive!!!!
Have you ever visited a rainforest (real, controlled or imaginary, just kidding)? Let me know in the comments section below.