Cactus Flower in Burgers Desert, a part of Burgers Zoo in Arnhem, the Netherlands.
Cactusbloem in Burgers Desert, de woestijnhal in Burgers Zoo, Arnhem.
Burgers Zoo is know for its so-called 'eco-displays': large exhibits which try to represent a specific part of nature (e.g. a tropical rainforest, a rock desert, a tropical reef) as accurately as possible. Animals live as freely as possible in these large exhibits and visitors are encouraged to explore the eco-displays by themselves.
Burgers Desert for instance, is a completely indoor (7500m2) rocky desert.
Deserts are arid, but rocky landscapes. Only one third of all the desert in the world of sand dunes. Also Burgers Desert is predominantly a stone desert.
The rocks are made of concrete, but the artistic workmanship is so detailed that they are of natural materials can be distinguished. There is a landscape of granite rock as counterfeit in the Sonora desert (Arizona and northern Mexico) can be found.
There are also various sandstone formations and a lava stone complex.
At the foot of some rocks found slopes up from the corresponding erosion debris.
Elsewhere you can see the dried beds of rivers after heavy rains sometimes occur suddenly. Some small streams and an oasis show that even a wet desert habitats (biotopes) know. Rocky plateaus and canyons, sand ridges and plains provide an unexpectedly large variation in this ecosystem.
Info: burgerszoo.nl (Translation from dutch with "Google Translation")