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TROPICAL ISLANDS – EUROPE'S LARGEST TROPICAL HOLIDAY WORLD - The tropical rainforest

Pressmeddelande   •   Feb 25, 2010 09:38 CET

Tropical Islands is tropical holiday world unique in the world.
It is where the Asian-Pacific region, Africa and South America meet. Around
50,000 trees, bushes and groundcover plants form the largest indoor
rainforest in the world.

Around 600 different plant varieties, such as palms, ferns and mangroves,
have found a new home in Tropical Islands. Most of them come from the Asian-
Pacific and South American regions and were brought from there to Tropical
Islands. Two trees Ficus Thai in the rainforest are particularly outstanding - they
are more than 100 years old, they weigh nearly eight tons and are 18 metres
high. The 20,000 square metre transparent foil on the southern side of the hall
lets in the sunlight. This way, the plants can thrive and even fruits such as
bananas, papayas and the jack fruit can flourish.

A path, around one kilometre long, leads through the rainforest and provides
unique insights into the exotic plant world. A bridge spans the mangrove swamp,
which contains many different species of fish, such as guppies, perch, red-tailed
and shark catfish, dragonfish, black pacus from the Amazon or the giant
gouramies. Red-eared and yellow-eared turtles also romp in the water.

The soil was especially created for Tropical Islands. It contains 60 percent sand
from the local region and 40 percent compost, clay, peat and loam. The plants
and trees are watered mostly automatically, although some are watered
manually. Water is treated like a precious resource: Used water is cleaned in the
filter system underneath the rainforest so that it can be used again to water the
plants.

Landscape architects and designers from South America, Sri Lanka, England and
Germany designed the rainforest to be as authentic as possible. Haruyoshi Ono
was responsible for the overall landscape planning. As a partner of Roberto Burle
Marx (1909-1994), Ono took over the jointly run office (Burle Marx & Cia. Ltda.)
in Rio de Janeiro after Marx died. Robert Burle Marx is one of the most important
landscape architects of the 20th century and, among other things, designed the
Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro.

The philosophy of Tropical Islands, to design the green spaces to be as authentic
as possible, was supported by a team of consultants from the "Green Warriors".
This environmental protection group belongs to "Rainforest Rescue International
Sri Lanka" and its purpose is to protect the rainforest. The team consisted of,
among others, Robin Lock, previously consultant on the Eden Project in Cornwall,
England, Ajantha Palihadwadana, one of the most influential ecologists in Sri
Lanka and the Chairman Dr. Ranil Senanayake, a renowned global system
ecologist who lives in Ecuador. These specialists not only assisted in the creation of a tropical leisure world with suitable ecology, but also made every effort to
use new, environmentally friendly and ecological maintenance systems, taking
into account German standards.

Guided tours through the rainforest
How heavy are the cannon balls on the tree of the same name?
Is breadfruit edible?

The Tropical Islands gardeners answer these questions and many more during
their guided tour through the rainforest. The watering system, soil composition
and biological pest control methods are also explained.

Guided tour: From Monday to Friday, 14:00 h
Duration: one hour
Price: 2.50 EUR plus Tropical Islands admission price
Registration: Up to one hour beforehand on site at the information office
or by phone on 035477 - 60 50 50

If you have any questions, please contact:
Tropical Islands
Press office
Tel.: +49 (0)35477 – 60 50 40
Fax: +49 (0)35477 – 60 80 80
eMail: presse@tropical-islands.de
www.tropical-islands.de
Dated: January 2010

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