The largest indoor mangrove in the world

Ebb and flood

Ebb and flood

One distinguishing feature of mangroves near the mouth of a river, where it meets the ocean, is that, under the influence of the tides, the ecosystem must deal with both fresh water and seawater during a single day. That is why mangroves are such an extreme environment for nearly all plant species, and why there are relatively few mangrove plant species worldwide. Mangrove plants must be able to withstand seawater, fresh water, and brackish water. Mangrove plants must also be able to separate the salt or otherwise remove it from the water. In Burgers’ Mangrove, we have opted to simulate both ebb and flood tides once every day. It is ebb tide while the zoo is open, as that is when the largest variety of animals can be seen in the mangrove. Fiddler crabs, for example, head out in search of food during ebb, finding shelter underground during flood tide. We hope that this schedule will help make them clearly visible to visitors. 

Max Janse Written by: Max Janse Curator Ocean
5/27/2017

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