Zoological sights in The Bahamas
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The well-stocked Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Park has a few placid iguanas and around 50 species of animals, birds and reptiles from around the world. Indigenous species of flora and fauna include hutias (similar to guinea pigs), snakes and the endangered Bahama parrot, which is bred in captivity here.
The zoo also has a large collection of non-native species, including monkeys and caimans, and sleek cats such as jaguars and ocelots. The undisputed highlight, however, is the small army of West Indian flamingos trained to strut their stuff on voice command.
No trip would be complete for families, or even big kids, without a visit to Atlantis' huge Waterscape. Claiming to be the world's largest open-air aquarium, it has a whole host of lagoons and is home to 200 species of marine life. Sun International remade the Paradise Island Resort & Casino as the Atlantis at a cost of US$850 million.
It now has waterfalls and the quarter-mile 'Lazy River Ride' for tubing, plus six exhibit lagoons filled with live coral, more than 14,000 fish and heaps of other sea life. It's best viewed from an underwater Plexiglas walkway or from other subaqueous tunnels surrounded by massive aquariums. The waterscape is centered on The Dig, a…