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Dec 14, 2007

Frogs and Friends – don’t let us croak

Frogs and friends – don’t let us croak from Bristol Zoo Gardens  
Teaching about the amphibian crises 

In recent years dozens of species of amphibians have disappeared – many are believed to have become extinct – and many hundreds more are expected to decline catastrophically in the next decade. The main causes are thought to be a fatal chytrid fungus and habitat loss.

Our summer campaign ‘Frogs and friends – don’t let us croak!’ gave us the opportunity to bring this amphibian crisis to the attention of our visitors, using fun activities to engage them and innovative ideas to encourage their support. Through our activities and other interpretation we were able to introduce our visitors to unusual amphibians and their habits. Visitors also found out more about threats to amphibians by completing the trail and searching our ‘secret garden’. 

We focused on positive action that our visitors could take in their own gardens to make them more amphibian (and wildlife) friendly. We encouraged them to dig a pond, plant native pond and garden plant species, build a log pile and control the use of pesticides. In all areas of work, we were able to engage both children and adults by providing appropriately tailored information and games. 

Our evaluation showed that significantly more visitors were aware about the threats to frogs and how to be a frog friendly gardener after taking part in our activities. 

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