As the nights begin to draw in, the weather gets colder and London becomes darker, something tropical has set its sights on the capital. Inviting city dwellers, commuters and tourists to take a walk on the wild side, a life size jungle terrarium created by Nat Geo WILD, is taking up residence for one day only, at London’s Southbank Observation Point on Thursday 28th September.

The Nat Geo WILD terrarium has been designed to celebrate the launch of ‘Wild October’ – a month long TV celebration dedicated to the world’s incredible wildlife and the urgent need to protect it.

Bringing a slice of the wild to brighten up urban London, passers-by can enter Nat Geo WILD’s tropical paradise and become fully immersed in a stunning jungle environment. Complete with directional sound and tropical temperatures, the terrarium will feature over 170 real plants.

Set against the backdrop of London’s city skyline, with the River Thames, St. Pauls and Blackfriars Bridge as neighbours, Nat Geo WILD’s terrarium is encouraging people to take a moment out from their busy schedules and get back to nature. Once inside Londoners will be met with a lush jungle paradise, with the sights, sounds and smells of the bountiful islands of the South Pacific.

Surrounded by tropical palms such as Banana plants, Bird Nest ferns, Umbrella plants, Avocado plants and Bird of Paradise plants, the terrarium will also feature Lily, the world’s first fully animatronic leopard.

Wild October kicks off with Paradise Islands on 1st October at 6pm, a stunning new series that explores the many islands that lie between Asia and Australia. These wildlife hotspots are some of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, boasting stunning landscapes and a fascinating array of creatures.

Mission Critical Week starts on Monday 23rd October, a conservation strand highlighting urgent stories from around the globe that need our attention. Photo Ark takes us behind the scenes of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s mission to photograph the rarest animals in the world before it’s too late. The 25-year-long project has seen Joel capture striking studio portraits of over 6,000 species, some of which are now sadly extinct. His belief is that by looking these animals in the eye we begin to care about them and understand their importance to the health of our planet.


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