Hop along to London Zoo’s Amphibians exhibit – you’ll be amazed!
Fish that “walk” and toads with midwifery skills are just some of the incredible species to make you think again about amphibians in London Zoo’s latest exhibit.
Amphibians, which opened on Saturday at the Regent’s Park attraction, tells the story of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians, starting with their evolution from “walking” and air-breathing lungfish to the amazing diversity and survival skills they use today.
More than 15 species, including brightly-coloured poison dart frogs and aquatic caecilians camouflaged to blend in with the murky waters of their river homes, are on show in part of the redesigned reptile house.
The only zoo in Europe to breed Mallorcan midwife toads, where the males carry newly-laid eggs on their back legs until they hatch, London Zoo monitors these unusual toads closely to learn more about their species, which is under threat in the wild from disease and loss of habitat.
In fact, amphibians are the most endangered group of animals on the planet and the new centre for the zoo’s EDGE Amphibians programme will give visitors an insight into its conservation work around the globe. It gives visitors the chance to get up close to the animals and see the zoo’s keepers and scientists in action in the lab.
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To find out more and book tickets, visit www.zsl.org/amphibians
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