Showing posts from March, 2010

The Fuqua Conservatory's Tropical Rotunda

caution: Frog Habitat! Inside of the Tropical Rotunda (Rainforest room) is an amazing place to see the tropical wildlife ... without glass in between! In the morning, you can hear the Phantasmal Poison frogs calling, along with the Coqui , which is just a wonderful sound. The Coqui are nocturnal and it is great to hear them just before they go to bed for the day, but the Poison frogs (remember, they are harmless in captivity) call throughout the day. If you look closely, you can see them (or their tadpoles) in each of the seven ponds throughout the rotunda. There are several species of frogs breeding throughout the rotunda. Recently seen are the Phantasmal Poison frog , the Coqui as well as Red-eyed Leaf frogs and Black-eye Leaf frogs . There are also some Tokay geckos hiding in there, so keep your ears open for their 'GECK-oh' calls (yep, that's where they get their name from) Pictured below are the Central American Box turtles who have their own part of the r

The New Okipipi Exhibit

The Okipipi Exhibit Our 'blue frogs' exhibit has been renovated and moved to the other side of the conservatory lobby! Now, you can find it to the right as you walk in, next to the ' Colombia's Terrible Trio' exhibit. The tank is well lit, spacious, and has 6 inhabitants, all juvenile dart frogs which were born here in our captive breeding facility. Although they are all technically the same species, they look very different. They are still getting used to their new environment, so you may have to look for a minute or two before you can see them... but it is worth it! These are incredible frogs and I am looking forward to watching them grow up in their new home. Sipaliwini morph Azureus (l) and Sipaliwini morphs <Missing from the photo lineup is the 'giant orange' morph. Look for a black and yellow-orange frog. Hopefully, I will have some pictures soon>

Marsupial Frogs

Marsupial frogs are amazing animals. When breeding, the male will fertilize the eggs and aid in placing them in the female's brooding pouch on her back. Most frogs will lay their eggs in the water where they will develop without the help or protection of either parent, but the female Marsupial frog will carry her young in her pouch until they are ready to emerge as tiny froglets. Female Marsupial frog We have 2 of these beautiful frogs on display in our ' Frogs of Panama ' exhibit, and both of them were born here in our frogPOD! Currently, in our frogPOD, there is a female brooding another clutch of eggs. We are all waiting patiently and not disturbing her for the three months it takes for them to develop. We will keep you posted and hopefully soon, we will have new Marsupial froglets of this endangered species!