The Importance of Zoos

People in today’s society often complain about zoos. People complain about how animals are used to raise money and how they aren’t truly wild anymore. While I understand their position, I think they are misunderstanding the important work zoos do.

Zoos are important to conservation. The money that zoos raises go obviously towards the animals at the zoo and the works but they also go towards conservation projects. These conservation projects help endangered species such as the Houston Toad. The Houston Zoo helps breed and head start captive Houston Toad which are endangered in the USA.

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Zoos also provide refuge to animal species that have had their habitat destroyed or face other problems. The Panamanian Golden Frog is probably extinct in the wild because of chytrid fungus but populations of them have been living in zoos such as the Maryland Zoo.

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If you are worried about the care and health of the animals in a zoo, check to see if they are an AZA accredited zoo. AZA stands for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To become an AZA accredited zoo, the zoos have to be inspected to see if they match the AZA’s high standards for animal care. Also try to look for non-profit zoos vs for profit zoos.

Overall, zoos are a critical part of the fight to save animals species. Donate and visit zoos that support conservation!

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Froggin on 4/28/17

I went out froggin again on 4/28/17 since I only worked a half day. It was a chilly 43 degrees out and cloudy so I wasn’t optimistic about finding any frogs and I was right since I didn’t see or hear any frogs. Here are some pictures I took though so enjoy.

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The syberian squill seemed to have been effected by the cold weather we have been having. This patch had all closed their petals up.

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bunch of different colored violets i believe

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This is Creeping Charlie (Glechoma hederacea) another invasive weed. 

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Here are my duck friends, I couldn’t pick which picture i liked the most so I’m giving you all of them.

Different Lifestyles of Frogs and Toads

Frogs and toads have a variety of different lifestyles. Most people think frogs just live near the water but there is more than that.

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Aquatic

There are many frogs that spend most of their lives in the water. The family Pipidae contains many fully aquatic species of frogs and toads. The Surinam Toad, pictured above,  eats, sleeps, and mates in the water. They come to the surface of the water to breathe in some air every hour and they come onto land when their habitat starts to dry up. My frogs, Sven and Olaf are full aquatic.

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Semi Aquatic

The most perceived lifestyle of frogs is the semi aquatic one. These frogs spend life both on land and in water. They usually hang out close to the water or on the surface of shallow bodies of water.

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Terrestrial

Most toads are terrestrial. They live primary on land and only go in the water to breed mostly. There are terrestrial frogs such as the Surniame Horned Frog.

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Arboreal

Frogs that live in trees are arboreal. Some of these species never leave the trees while others come down to the ground to breed and hibernate. Some frogs lay their eggs on leaves and when they grow into tadpoles, they drop into a water body below.

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Fossorial

There are species of frogs and toads that live most of their lives underground. Some of these species only come up to the surface to breed like the Purple frog above.