Meet Our Animals > Silver Arowana
Quick Facts
Native to Amazon River basin and in the Rupununi and Oyapock Rivers in South America
Primary Diet Crustaceans, insects, smaller fish, and other animals that float on the water surface
Lifespan 10 to 20 years

Silver Arowana

The silver Arowana is a primitive, prehistoric fish that emerged in the the Jurassic Age and has changed little in the last 150 million years. They’re also called “monkey fish” due to their ability to jump out of the water (up to 6 feet!) and capture prey. They have a unique predatory behavior, staying close to shore and waiting for prey to swim by.


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