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Dec 1, 2008

The Frog Prince

The Frog Prince from Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - Jersey Zoo 
The Frog Prince: a pantomime with hoppy ending - telling the story of the amphibian decline

In January 2008, Durrell put on its first pantomime, combining conservation messaging with elements of a traditional fairytale to create a fun, entertaining and educational show for the whole family.

The show was performed in the Education Centre by a cast and crew made up from Durrell staff and volunteers. The storyline focussed on the frog prince being turned human by his fairy frogmother so he could stop his kingdom being polluted and built upon by the prime minister.

The pantomime also featured an introduction about the EAZA Amphibian Campaign by Campaign chairman, Quentin Bloxam and in the final scene, Durrell’s head of herpetology, Dr Gerardo Garcia, talked to the audience about the threats facing amphibians around the world and what Durrell is doing to conserve them.

There was also the opportunity for audience members to sign a giant frog to show their support for amphibian conservation and write pledges to make small changes in their daily lives which they could take home with them. Altogether 250 people saw the pantomime. Tickets cost £8 for adults and £4 for children and ice cream and raffle tickets were also sold to audience members.

A total of £2,200 was raised for the EAZA Amphibian Campaign. Evaluation showed that the audience’s awareness of both the plight of amphibians and of specific threats to amphibians had increased after the pantomime. 

Developed by:  Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust - Jersey Zoo

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