4 Ecosystems At The Biodome Zoo In Montreal
Walking through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas: the rainforest, American wilderness, Antarctica and marine life.
The Montreal Biodome is a facility located in Montreal that allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas.
The building was originally constructed for the 1976 Olympic Games as a velodrome. It hosted both track cycling and judo events. Renovations on the building began in 1989 and in 1992 the indoor nature exhibit was opened.
The Montreal Biodome is one of four facilities operated by the Montreal Nature Museum, which include the Montreal Insectarium, Montreal Botanical Garden, and Montreal Planetarium.
It is an accredited member of both the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA).
The facility allows visitors to walk through replicas of four ecosystems found in the Americas: The Tropical Forest is a replica of the South American rainforest, The Laurentian Forest is a replica of the North American wilderness, The Saint Lawrence Marine, Eco-system is an estuary habitat modelled on the Gulf of Saint Lawrence and A polar area that is divided into Arctic and Antarctic.
All the exhibits are housed inside the former velodrome (cycling stadium) that was used for the cycling and judo events of the 1976 Summer Olympics, with each of the four environments taking up a portion of the stadium.
A variety of animals live in each simulated habitat, ranging from the macaws in the Tropical Forest, to the lynx in the Laurentian Forest, to the penguins in the Antarctic and the different kinds of fish that inhabit the waters of the Saint Lawrence River.
As well, two new species have been discovered living in the Biodome: the acarian Copidognathus biodomus in the simulated estuary (1996) and the bacterium Nitratireductor aquibiodomus in the water reprocessing system (2003).