Subfamily Serrasalminae

Fascinating Facts


Piranhas are omnivorous freshwater fish that move in schools. Despite their vicious reputation, these fish school for protection, not cooperative attack. They will feed on any young or injured land animal that ventures into the water, as well as aquatic animals of any size.

Status in the Wild

Not yet assessed by IUCN


Native to South American Rivers. They have also been spotted in China and Bangladesh, most likely introduced.

Location in the Zoo

Fish and Amphibians Zone in the Sculpture Learning Plaza

Animals & Exhibits