Exhibit / Frogs Forever?

Frogs forever?

Frogs Forever? isn’t just about frogs: the gallery houses 22 species of salamanders, toads and frogs. Some are threatened or endangered in the wild.

Overview

Frogs in peril

Amphibians survived the disaster that wiped out the dinosaurs, but now they’re under siege from a variety of threats including habitat loss, devastating disease and being hunted for food. At the rate they’re disappearing, we could lose up to half of the world’s amphibians in our lifetimes. Frogs Forever? highlights the diversity and plights of frogs, salamanders and toads from different regions of the world. It also shows the amazing transformations they undergo in their lifetimes and offers some ways to help protect them.

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How We Help

The single largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs

The world is facing what may be the single largest mass extinction event since the time of the dinosaurs: almost half of the world's 6,000 known amphibian species could be wiped out in our lifetimes.

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Oregon spotted frog conservation program

The Oregon spotted frog is the most endangered amphibian in Canada. Habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native species into the Fraser River Valley have caused the Oregon spotted frog population to decline rapidly in recent years. In an effort to protect the species, the Aquarium joined the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team in 2000.

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Recovery team

The Aquarium joined the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team in 2000. In 2007, Oregon spotted frog eggs were collected to establish an aquarium-based assurance population. The first ever Oregon spotted frog breeding in an aquarium environment took place in 2010. In 2011, close to 3,000 cultured tadpoles and juvenile frogs were released into natural habitats near established populations in the wild.

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How you can help

Your donation to the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre will help fund important research, conservation and education programs. This will lead to a better understanding of frogs and the conservation measures necessary to protect them.

Oregon spotted frogs look a lot like the Columbia spotted frog and the red legged Frog.

In fact it takes an expert to tell Columbia spotted frogs and Oregon spotted frogs apart.

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