The theater portion of the Rainforest exhibit, is also known as the Tribal Gallery, particularly when used for private after-hour events. Unless being used for a private daytime event, we usually show various videos from 11 am – 3 pm daily. We select films of neotropical animals in their native habitats, many species of which are included in the collection at the DWA. The new DVDs to be shown in early 2013 are from Image Impact, a television production company near Bristol, UK. Owned by Producer and Presenter Nigel Marven, Image Impact has visited all seven continents and provides documentaries of wildlife adventures. Nigel has always been a friend and a big fan of the DWA. Packaged specifically for the DWA, the DVD pack is available for purchase in the Book Store.
Wild Colombia is made up of two DVDs, which are each divided into two 45-minute segments. Highlands and Hummingbirds (#1) discusses the precision flying, habits, insatiable appetite and diet of the many species of hummingbirds, including the Sparkling violet-ear found in the Mundo Maya exhibit. Blue-billed curassows and Screech owls are also featured in this segment. Nigel hunts for frogs, basilisks, tarantulas and other creepy crawlers as Red howler monkeys scramble overhead, making their presence known with their resounding howls.
Lands of the Anaconda (#2) presents a wide range of animals, including interesting encounters with Green anacondas, Emerald tree boas, caimans and frogs, such as the waxy leaf and horned. Tamarins and sakis move among the trees. Colorful Scarlet ibises, Jabiru storks and aracaris are seen in their natural habitat.
Mammals featured in Creatures of the Caribbean (#3) include primate species of tamarins and owl monkeys. With assistance from the locals, Nigel gets up close with a flock of pink Caribbean flamingos as they forage for food. Always at his best with reptiles and amphibians, red-footed tortoises and iguanas do not provide much challenge for Nigel. His handling of a rather large Neotropical rattlesnake is uneventful, but the non-venomous tree boa manages to leave Nigel nursing a bloody nose.
Pacific Paradise is the fourth and final portion of the second DVD. Gold, red, green and blue are only a few of the vibrant colors of numerous species of poison frogs. Equally matched in color are tanagers, euphonias, honeycreepers and trogons, many of which can be seen in the Mundo Maya vegetation. Gorgona Island, a pristine Colombian island approximately 22 miles off the Pacific coast, provides an interesting dive site for Nigel as he swims among sharks, butterflyfish, goatfish, sea turtles and sea snakes. Gorgona, famous for its many species of snakes, gives Nigel the chance to finish his adventure by locating and handling the venomous Fer-de-lance.