Saturday, 19. 3. 2022

Ljubljana ZOO celebrates World Frog Day

Frogs play an important role in the natural balance. That is why, every year since 2009, we celebrate World Frog Day on 20 March, with the Ljubljana ZOO joining again this year.

Amphibians, which also include frogs, were the first vertebrates on land. They still need water to survive. There are over 7,460 species known, they are extremely diverse and adapted to different living environments. Experts are still discovering new species every month, especially in remote areas of tropical rainforests. Today, however, as many as a third of all species are threatened with extinction.

Amphibian conservation campaigns

Many nature conservation organizations, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), of which the Ljubljana ZOO is also a member, strive to preserve endangered species in zoos so that they can be returned to the natural environment when we know how to manage chytridiomycosis, a disease threatening them. We raise awareness among visitors and the general public about frogs and their importance in the natural environment through educational programs. A campaign to prevent running over amphibians migrating from wintering grounds to spawning grounds, led by the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles of Slovenia, is currently underway on the street Večna pot at the Ljubljana ZOO.