California Academy of Sciences

San Francisco’s very own tropical rainforest lives in the Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. Encased within a 4-story glass bubble, plants and animals bask in light, warmth, and humidity. Birds and butterflies dart between trees, flowers, and human visitors.

Rainforest dome at California Academy of SciencesBananaquit at California Academy of SciencesInside the Rainforest exhibit at California Academy of Sciences

Walking up from the forest floor into the tops of the trees, there’s living beauty at every level. A yellow and brown Dancing Lady Orchid dangles from a tree, illustrating how orchids grow in the wild. Nearby, a tiny, tropical frog boasts similar colors, and adds a croaking chorus to the jungle. Occasionally, one of the butterflies briefly pauses for the camera before flitting away.

Oncidium at California Academy of SciencesYellow frog at California Academy of SciencesTropical butterfly at California Academy of Sciences

The rainforest exhibit highlights a small sample of evolution’s miracles from Madagascar, Costa Rica, Borneo, and the Amazon. Fascinating creatures abound, like a praying mantis which mimics a leaf so well that even a close up photo doesn’t look real. It’s just one of the remarkable sights in San Francisco’s tropical jungle.

Praying Mantis disguised as a leaf at California Academy of SciencesVertical plant display at California Academy of SciencesColorful Palm fruit at California Academy of Sciences

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