28 January 2010
Posted in Press and Media
Frogs exhibit features 80 live amphibians on display, representing 20 species
Opening Day is Saturday, February 6, 2010
Orlando, FL - January 27, 2010 - Some are as big as dinner plates. Others as tiny as a dime. From multi-colored to well camouflaged, frogs and toads have occupied our fairy tales, mythology, and even advertising. And now, frogs are the topic of a major touring exhibit, arriving at the Orlando Science Center on Saturday, February 6. Developed by the Audubon Nature Institute, Frogs features over 80 live frogs and toads representing 20 species from around the world. The exhibit will be on display through September 6, 2010.
So what is so important about frogs? Frogs and toads are amphibians, and amphibians are what scientists call an indicator species. An indicator species is any biological species that defines a trait or characteristic of the environment. That means that if something is wrong with that environment, amphibians are some of the first animals to feel the effects. Like canaries in coal mines, amphibians warn us when something is wrong. Right now, amphibians are in a world-wide decline so scientists are studying them. What scientists discover about the environmental changes related to this decline could also uncover if these changes could eventually affect humans.
Frogs features eight different areas, each devoted to different kinds of frogs. There are terrestrial and burrowing frogs, plus frogs that are arboreal (they live in trees). There are three nocturnal enclosures for frogs that only come out at night (the lighting on them has been adjusted so they think that day is night and vice versa). There are displays devoted to frogs and toads from Asia, Australia and the colorful frogs of South America. These creatures are displayed in habitats, enclosures and aquariums simulating their natural environment.
Within these areas are interactive displays that explore frog anatomy, diet, mechanics - how they achieve those spectacular leaps - and stations on adaptation and camouflage. Encounter all kinds of specimens - from the tiny poison dart frogs a.k.a. the ‘jewels of the Amazon” to the giant Surinam toad - and discover fascinating facts about their behavior, and most importantly, the role that frogs, as amphibians, play in measuring the ecological health of our environment. There will also be areas for general “frog fun,” where guests can listen to your favorite frog calls (or croaks), create your own frog puppet show, and find out fun frog facts.
Hop on over to this new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center and find out how “toadally” important, interesting and fun this interactive exploration of all things frog can be! Frogs is available with general admission to the Orlando Science Center, which is $17 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-11). Tickets also include access live programs, giant screen films and all the Science Center’s other exhibits, including the new Science in Toyland, plus KidsTown, NatureWorks, Science Park and much more. For more information, please call 407-514-2000 or visit www.osc.org.