Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure: Catch that Robot Butterfly!

Dora & Diego’s 4-D Adventure will be opening March 12, 2011 in our 4D Special FX Theater, just in time for Spring Break!

Dora, Diego and Boots need your help to protect the animals of the rainforest from Swiper’s out-of-control Robot Butterfly! ¡Vámonos! The Robot Butterfly is swiping the water and plants that the animals need. Join your adventurous amigos on Nickelodeon’s high-speed, eye-popping chase from the tropical rainforest to the icy Arctic! Let’s catch that Robot Butterfly and protect the rainforest!

Visit for more information or to purchase tickets.

Starting March 12, 2011
Daily: 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.

Watch a sneak peek here:

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The Northern Tree Shrew (Tupaia belangeri) is believed to be the closest relative of some of the earliest mammals. These cute little guys are just one of the many species of animals you will encounter when you “Experience Life” in the Moody Gardens® Rainforest Pyramid®.

This type of shrew is found in the forests of Southeast Asia, from India and southwestern China through Malaysia, Borneo and the Philippines. These omnivores (both meat and plant eating) will usually live about two to three years in the wild, but some have been known to live 12 years. The female shrew will usually give birth to two to four youngsters and they will actually build a nest for them in addition to their own! This animal is rare because the mother doesn’t spend a lot of time with the babies. She will not groom them, clean the nest or retrieve them if they are in distress. In fact, experts say she only spends about 90 seconds with her babies every two days!

They are constantly active and must eat often due to their very simple digestive system and because of the amount of energy used throughout the day.  These little creatures (5.5 inches from nose to tail) have an extremely keen sense of sight, smell and hearing and they use these to avoid predators. They are one of the few small mammals who have all highly evolved senses.

Looks aren’t everything; these small mammals have brains too! The Northern Tree Shrew has the highest brain to body ratio of any mammal. Talk about smart! They also have eight different sounds in their vocal repertoire which alarm sounds, defense sounds, etc. Scent marking is also very important to the shrew. They use this to communicate social standing and to mark their territory.

Check this video featuring the Northern Tree Shrew


The Brazilian Agouti (Dasyprocta leporina aguti), is one of the free roaming creatures that you will catch a glimpse of when Moody Gardens’ Rainforest Pyramid® exhibit reopens in May 2011!

This relative of the guinea pig is found in the rainforests of Brazil and it is the only mammal that is known to crack a Brazil nut with its teeth. Brazil nuts, fruits, vegetables and greens are the typical food staples for the Agouti.

The Agouti is a member of the rodent family, but unlike most rodents it walks on its toes and not flat footed. It can also jump up to six feet in the air from a standing position. Talk about air time!

Brazilian AgoutiIn the Amazon rainforest the Agouti is the only species responsible for reseeding the forest with Brazil nuts, which ensures the growth of a whole new generation of trees. They do this by hiding seeds in various locations around their territory.

In the wild, Agoutis are very shy and nervous animals that often live in burrows or hollowed out tree trunks to avoid predators. They survive through their keen sense of hearing and it’s said they can even hear fruit hitting the rainforest floor!

The Agouti is fairly social within their species. They often live and travel in small family groups and even pairs during mating season.

Check out our video featuring our new Agouti here!

Love is in the air at Moody Gardens!

It’s officially February and that means Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. If you are looking for a special way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend, look no further! Whether it’s a romantic dinner cruise, relaxing couple’s massage or a full-on wedding, Moody Gardens has some romantic and unique options that will make this Valentine’s Day truly memorable.

First on the list is the absolutely amazing Valentine’s Retreat package offered by the Moody Gardens Hotel. This package includes a spectacular guest room for two for one night, champagne and chocolate covered strawberries, a long-stem red rose, breakfast for two in room or at the Terrace Restaurant, late checkout and complimentary valet parking, and the unforgettable option of celebrating your love with a wedding ceremony!

As part of the exclusive Valentine’s Retreat package, couples can celebrate their love for one another by exchanging or renewing their vows on February 12. The complimentary ceremonies will be performed by an ordained minister and all couples exchanging vows can invite up to 50 guests to join them for a Grand Reception at 7 p.m. The Grand Reception will feature complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a giant wedding cake and a cash bar. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to live your very own fairy-tale!

The Valentine’s package is $249+tax per night and is available for February 11 & 12. All ceremonies will be performed by appointment on February 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information or to book your Valentine’s Retreat, call 888-388-8484 or visit

Treat yourselves to a romantic four course dinner at Shearn’s, one of Galveston’s finest restaurants, located on the ninth floor of the Moody Gardens Hotel. To start off, the special Valentine’s Day menu will include the option of Grilled Diver Scallops or Pan Seared Quail and soup or salad. Entrée options include Prime Filet Mignon, Dry Mushroom Coated Red Snapper Fillet or Petit Prime Filets Mignon. Lastly, enjoy a decadent duet of Chocolate Cream Tart and White Chocolate-Raspberry Bread Pudding for dessert. Come savor this delicious meal with your loved one on February 12th and 14th. Prices are $80 per person. Click here for a more detailed menu or call 409-741-8484 for reservations.

The Spa at Moody Gardens can add romance and relaxation to your intimate Island getaway with indulgent Valentine’s specials. Relax with a Champagne & Roses Pedicure that includes an effervescent champagne foot soak with organic rose petals while enjoying complimentary champagne and gourmet chocolate truffles for only $55.00. You can also enjoy a delicious Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Massage that begins with a sensual 50-minute warm chocolate back treatment and soothing strawberry oil scalp massage. Chocolate truffles and champagne complete this sweet treat. To rekindle the romance, enjoy this divine service for two in our romantic private couples’ suite.  This massage package is priced at $150 for individuals and $275 for couples. For additional details or spa appointments, call 409-683-4440.

You can sail away on the romantic Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Dinner Cruise. This 1800-style Paddlewheeler provides the perfect setting for a romantic night with your valentine. Dance the night away and have a delicious dinner buffet while enjoying the beautiful views of Offatts Bayou. Dinner cruise is on February 12 and will include dinner buffet and cash bar. Boarding will be from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Please make your reservations by Wednesday before the scheduled dinner cruise at 1-800-582-4673 extension 4419. Cost is $65.00 per person.

Click here for more information about the Valentine’s Retreat Package, Shearn’s Valentine’s Day Menu and Spa Valentine’s specials.

Click here for more information about the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat Dinner Cruise.

Don’t miss out on the chance to make this Valentine’s Day Weekend unforgettable!


Moody Gardens is thrilled to have these playful and interesting birds free-roaming inside the Rainforest Pyramid when Rainforests of the World opens in May 2011. Check out the video and read the fun facts to learn more about this amazing species!

Click here to watch the Lady Ross’ Turaco Video!

Lady Ross turaco

Fun Facts:

Turacos are a food source for many animals larger than themselves. They are so abundant in Africa that they are considered a pest. Their feeding habits are very destructive, which annoys most gardeners. However, they aid in seed dispersal by messily eating fruit. They also eat berries that are considered highly poisonous to humans.

Turacos are the only birds to possess true red and green color. When you look at most birds, the color you are seeing is a reflection produced by the feather structure. The turaco’s red and green pigment both contain copper. In fact, if you stirred a glass of water with a red turaco feather, the water would turn pink!

Both the male and female share time incubating their clutch. Both parents also feed the downy chicks by regurgitation. They keep the nest clean by eating the eggshells and the chick’s droppings. The chicks will not develop the full adult coloration until about one year

Lady Ross’s turacos are very social birds, moving in small noisy flocks. They spend their life among trees in search of fruit until evening when they nest solitary on a platform of twigs.

These birds have mobile outer toes, which they are able to rotate forward or backward!



Moody Gardens welcomes home a group of very special birds. The scarlet ibis have returned to Moody Gardens! This eye-catching species will be free roaming inside the Rainforest Pyramid when the newly enhanced Rainforests of the World Exhibit opens in May 2011.

ibisThe Scarlet Ibis is one of the most striking sights in the world of birds– flying, feeding and nesting in large groups. The unique bright red color of the Scarlet Ibis intensifies as the bird grows older. The long curved beak is used to probe for food in mud and shallow water.  It flies strongly with its neck extended, almost as if gliding.


Q: Where does the scarlet ibis get its vibrant color?

AWatch our newest video to find out!

Blog Post by:
Whitney O’Grady
Rainforest Public Relations Coordinator



Moody Gardens takes you behind the scenes with Cooper, the Moody Gardens ocelot.

Cooper is one of the newest members of the Moody Gardens family. He will be joining his rainforest friends when Rainforests of the World opens in May 2011. Moody Garden’s biologists work closely with Cooper to teach him behaviors that are vital to his care.

Check out the video to learn more about Cooper, the coolest ocelot!

Did you know that Ocelots are endangered?ocelot
The ocelot is listed as endangered by U.S. Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS). Once abundant in many areas throughout the southwest United States and Mexico, today the animal has almost disappeared. It is estimated that as few as 120 ocelots survive in Texas alone. In Central and South America, the ocelot is still hunted for its fur and captured for the pet trade.

Fun Fact:

Cooper LOVES cinnamon and peppermint! Trainers use these spices as a form of enrichment when working with this amazing animal.

Blog Post by:
Whitney O’Grady
Rainforest Public Relations Coordinator


Rodrigues Fruit Bats have made their way to Moody Gardens! This fun and interesting species will be on exhibit in the Bat Habitat inside the newly enhanced Rainforest Pyramid, which opens in May 2011.

The multi-level Bat Habitat will offer viewing opportunities, from the new Rainforest Canopy Walkway down into a subterranean cave environment.

CLICK HERE to watch the video

Interesting Fact:

The species currently numbers just a few hundred in the wild and is classified as critically endangered!


Moody Gardens recently welcomed two-toed sloths to our island paradise!!

Carlton and friends will be free roaming in the newly enhanced Rainforest Pyramid opening in May 2011. Paula Kolvig, assistant curator at the Moody Gardens’ Rainforest Pyramid, takes you into the sloths’ habitat for an up close encounter.



Click here to watch the video!

Fun Fact:

Two-toed sloths spend almost their entire lives hanging upside-down, including eating, sleeping, mating, and giving birth. In fact, they spend so much time hanging upside-down that their fur actually grows from their belly to their back so that rainwater can runoff easily. They are also one of the few species of mammals that can turn their heads 180 degrees in both directions!

Blog Post by:
Whitney O’Grady
Rainforest Public Relations Coordinator