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Congo River

Named after the ancient Kingdom of Kongo, the Congo River is the deepest river in the world, going beyond 220 metres. The powerhouse of Africa runs a dramatic and turbulent route. Charging towards a violent stretch of rapids, it makes multiple drops creating magnificent waterfalls before ending off into the Atlantic Ocean. Unleashing more power than all the rivers and waterfalls in the United States combined, the Congo River is Africa’s brightest source of natural, renewable hydropower.  However, below the raging waters of the Congo River lies a hidden world of beauty and serenity.

The Congo River exhibit at River Safari is a playground for some of the world’s most colourful fish. Admire the rainbow of dazzling colours in jewel tanks filled with schools of Congo tetras and be mesmerised by the beautiful yet territorial Jewel cichlid, which boasts colours of vibrant gemstones.

 

Congo Tetra

With a body more oval in shape than its common cousins – the neon and cardinal tetras – the Congo tetra...

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Congo Tetra

With a body more oval in shape than its common cousins – the neon and cardinal tetras – the Congo tetra has a captivating and colourful shimmer along its body. It also boasts a violet coloured tail fin with a whitish trim. These timid creatures are omnivorous, consuming insects and worms as well as small plants and shoots in its natural habitat.

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Giant Freshwater Puffer

Meet the world’s largest freshwater pufferfish, also known as the mbu, which means ‘rock’ in some African dialects...

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Giant Freshwater Puffer

Meet the world’s largest freshwater pufferfish, also known as the mbu, which means ‘rock’ in some African dialects. This is because a fully-grown adult is hard to spot in its natural surroundings as the colour of its body creates a cool camouflage to look like a rock in the river. Like all puffers, it will take in huge amounts of water to expand its body when stressed or frightened, allowing it to scare away potential predators. With formidable teeth, it feasts on hard-shelled prey such as crabs, clams, mussels and shrimp.

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Jewel Cichlid

Nearby, check out this brightly coloured and equally mesmerizing and aggressive tropical fish found mainly in streams and rivers around the African Congo...

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Jewel Cichlid

Nearby, check out this brightly coloured and equally mesmerizing and aggressive tropical fish found mainly in streams and rivers around the African Congo. Distinguished by two spots along the flank of its body, this fish has an elongated snout that gives it its predatory appearance.

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