Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
The Children’s Museum’s First-Ever Live Frog Species Exhibit Hops in for a Visit!
Ribbit! Ribbit! Croak! It sounds like The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has some excited visitors…frogs! Opening Sept. 17, the new exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors invites children and families to explore the colorful natural world of frogs. Visitors will observe live species in detailed recreations of their natural environments and learn about the delicate ecosystem frogs depend on to stay healthy.
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors gives visitors a look at frogs from all over the world. The exhibit comes from Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Allenwood, Pennsylvania and is the most advanced traveling frog exhibit in the country. Habitats complete with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls show exactly how each kind of frog lives. Fifteen species of frogs will be featured including the Waxy Monkey Frog with opposable “thumbs” and the African Clawed Frog that looks like it’s been flattened. Visitors will learn why frogs are among the most visually stunning, vocally pleasing and adaptively remarkable life forms on earth.
Frogs start as tiny eggs, quickly turning into tadpoles which develop four legs and turn into mature frogs. They are among the only creatures that can live on land and in water, making them a symbol of change and transformation. Indiana is home to a variety of frog and toad species, some of which are in danger of habitat loss. Frogs: A Chorus of Colors informs children and families about how they can help keep the environment frog-friendly.
Visitors will morph from a tadpole to a frog in a special transforming frog costume or play leapfrog on lily pads. Children and families will listen to recorded frog calls, view videos of amazing frogs in action and test their knowledge of frog facts from basic to bizarre. Learn about frog habitats by putting together a puzzle of elements needed for frog conservation and interact with the animal keeper to find out exactly how to take care of the web-footed creatures.
The exhibit will be open through Jan. 2, 2012, at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.
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Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland, based in Allenwood, PA, is a specialized AZA accredited zoo that introduces visitors to the less-loved members of the animal kingdom. Since opening in 1964, Reptiland has provided the public a link to these species in order to help understanding of the crucial role these specimens play in the ecosystem. Snakes, alligators, tortoises, lizards and frogs all call Reptiland home. Live lecture demonstrations allow guests the chance to touch harmless species and speak to knowledgeable experts. Peeling Productions is the leader in specialized animal traveling exhibits which visit museums, science centers and zoological parks and are staffed by animal professionals from Reptiland.
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