At Moody Gardens, the rain forest is an unnaturally cold 9 degrees.

Of course, it’s not a real rain forest — it’s only a depiction of one, shown through 2 million pounds of carved ice in a climate-controlled tent.

Twenty-five ice carvers from Harbin, China, sculpted images of the tropical rain forest through 300 pound blocks of clear and colored ice, spokeswoman Ashley Tompkins said. Moody Gardens on Saturday will open the attraction, Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday, to the public.

“It’s exciting to watch as the ice carvers bring this year’s Rainforest Holiday theme to life,” Moody Gardens President and CEO John Zendt said. “The caliber of talent is amazing.”

The carvers, called the CAA Ruijing Ice Carving Team, used chain saws and ice picks to make the displays. The exhibit features more than 100 ice sculptures, including a 35-foot ice slide, an ice tunnel, a bat cave and a reptile jungle. Animals in the exhibit include cotton-top tamarin monkeys, pygmy slow lorises, ants and sloths.

Visitors can also drink adult beverages at Shivers Ice Bar, which is completely made of ice.

Ice Land: Rainforest Holiday will run from Saturday through Jan. 7, 2018.

Samantha Ketterer: 409-683-5241; or on Twitter at @sam_kett



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