transmitters being found behind these entrance doors, visitors in 2004
will find a visitor attraction called TROPIQUARIA and a small radio
The large transmitter hall, which
once housed the transmitters of the BBC National and West Regional
Programme transmitters, was converted into a tropical visitor attraction
in 1989. Inside it is very warm and humid of course with the heat
being supplied from the transmitters in adjacent rooms. All manner
of species can be found including parrots and many other colourful
birds, snakes, including a boa-constrictor, marmoset monkeys, lizards,
fish, frogs, toads and spiders. There is even a tarantular that
visitors can handle!!
Did you know that
every year a spider sheds its skin and produces a brand new fresh
appearance, and that a tarantula can live up to thirty years!
Ouside are more
animals including, among many others, lemurs, peacocks, ostriches, and a
pair of lively and very amusing otters.
Two of the parrots.
The parrot on the left
has lost its chest feathers. She had been kept as a pet, but the
owner had been unable to look after her adequately and as a result the
parrot and suffered periods of loneliness. Parrots like company
and due to her boredom she picked out her feathers from the follicles,
and they may never all grow back.
She is much happier now that she has been rescued by the Tropiquaria
centre, both of these parrots love the attention of visitors.