The Jungle Experience at Manor Heath Park has something for everyone!
Converted glasshouses provide botanical gardens and habitats for a huge variety of plants, butterflies and animals including fish, quails and terrapins. The Jungle Experience provides and maintains a collection of exotic plants, some of economic importance, in conditions similar to their natural environment. It provides stimulation to the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and movement.
The cost for entry is £1 per person. Children aged 2 years and under, are free.
- Monday to Thursday 10am - 3.45pm (last entry 3.30pm).
Friday 10am - 3.15pm (last entry 3pm).
Saturday and Sunday 10am - 3.45pm (last entry 3.30pm).
- Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.
All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Guide dogs on leads are allowed in the Jungle Experience.
The Jungle Experience
The minimum indoor temperature is 21°C and humidity levels are at around 70 per cent. You will see story boards placed throughout the building, which guide you through the different zones.
Guided tours for organised groups are available.
The Time Zone
A journey from the present day, back to the dawn of time, featuring species of prehistoric plants from the days of the dinosaurs. Walk along the 'river of time', past the Orchid wall, through the plant covered archway to the present time and into the space age to see the hydroponic (plants which have the ability to grow without soil). Other plants which can be seen include arucaria, cyads, tree ferns and ginkgo.
The Savage Garden
Most of the plants in this area are called 'Carnivorous Plants' which can catch and eat small insects and flies. They have evolved in this way because the areas in which they grow are very poor in plant nutrients. The plants supplement their diet by enticing and trapping their prey in specially adapted parts of the plant before digesting them with enzymes and absorbing the nutrients.
In good conditions (warm and sunny days) as many as five different species of butterfly can be seen in free flight. The different types of butterfly will vary from season to season.
The butterflies are hatched in the specially heated butterfly case in the glasshouse from pupae which are provided by a specialist supplier and varieties include owl, clipper, glasswing and the blue morpho.
The brightly coloured butterflies feed on the red and yellow flowers and coloured sponges containing a sugar solution. Their caterpillars eat the leaves of the climbing Passion Flowers and Banana. Our butterflies are tropical and need certain plants that might grow in a jungle, to live off, and lots of heat to keep them warm.
The Lily Pond
Tropical Water Lilies live in warm water. We heat our ponds up so they are as warm as in the jungle. Our lilies need 15 hours of sunlight a day, which they wouldn't get in rainy old Halifax, so we have to trick the flowers by hanging a special low energy lamp over them, which gives out rays like those of the sun.
The Jungle Experience throughout has been designed to provide disabled and wheelchair access.