Leap into Spring on World Frog Day at the Detroit Zoo March 20

Leap into Spring on World Frog Day at the Detroit Zoo March 20

Royal Oak, MI- Activities will explore frog calls, characteristics and conservation

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will welcome spring by celebrating World Frog Day on Wednesday, March 20, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo. The event includes hands-on activities, games and opportunities for visitors to learn about these charismatic creatures and the DZS’s efforts to preserve and restore their populations in the wild.

Zookeeper talks will be held at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Guests can learn to identify the various calls of Michigan frogs, compare the largest and smallest of frog species and participate in a “leap frog” math game.

“Frogs are not only incredibly interesting animals, but they play a vital role in the health and sustainability of ecosystems around the world,” said Dr. Ruth Marcec, director of the National Amphibian Conservation Center. “This event not only gives us a chance to celebrate them but also to share with visitors how we can work together to protect them in the wild.”

The World Frog Day event will allow guests to learn about the Detroit Zoological Society’s conservation work for the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog. The DZS has been collaborating for nearly two decades with other zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums on a cooperative breeding program – called a Species Survival Plan (SSP) – for the Panamanian golden frog. SSPs aim to reproduce, genetically manage and possibly reintroduce endangered animals into the wild with the assistance of other wildlife management organizations. DZS amphibian care staff have been working in Panama to identify wild spaces to safely release captive-bred tadpoles or juvenile frogs as well as educate the public about this species and its wild habitat.

The National Amphibian Conservation Center – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians – is the only major facility dedicated entirely to conserving amphibians while giving visitors the opportunity to view them in naturalistic habitats. When it opened in 2000, The Wall Street Journal called it “Disneyland for toads”.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 230 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit detroitzoo.org.


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