The Equator’s year round warm and wet climate supports the tropical rainforest ecosystem. Here a wide variety of interconnected plant and animal species have flourished, giving rise to some of the most biodiverse regions on Earth. Jungle Trails takes visitors on a journey through the rainforests of Asia and Africa to witness just a sampling of the amazing wildlife that lives there. A recipient of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s prestigious exhibit award in 1994, Jungle Trails sets the rainforest stage through detailed sculpture and murals, a wild soundtrack and a plethora of exotic plants and animals. Endangered primates such as orangutans, gibbons and bonobos are the highlights of the trail and can be viewed from both indoor and outdoor areas. There are seven interactive elements that you can find throughout Jungle Trails, in addition to bronze statues of animals and plants that are hidden for families to seek. The interactives include everything from “Swing Like a Gibbon” where families are encouraged to work together like primates to investigate their surroundings and gain first-hand experience at an everyday survival skill for primates, to “Balance Like a Lemur” which encourages teamwork to get your entire troop across the ropes without falling off, and “Thumbs Up for Thumbs” where families figure out how difficult it would be for primates to survive without opposable thumbs by challenging them to tie a shoe, thumb free! The interactives promote the overall theme of teamwork and learning, which brings families closer together.