Saturday 6 July marks International Kissing Day, and while some might be game enough to pucker up with a frog in the hope it magically transforms into a handsome prince—the reality is Australia’s frog population needs a little love too.
Australia is home to approximately 208 of the world’s 4000 frog species—a number that is on the decline. In fact, 15 species of Australia’s frogs are currently endangered, 12 are listed as vulnerable and four have become extinct.
“The thin, porous skin of frogs makes them extremely sensitive creatures and especially susceptible to absorbing chemicals and water, and for this reason considered good environmental indicators,” said Lead Aquarist, Tereza Tantar.
“If our frog populations are declining, it is thought to be indicative of the health of the local environment as a whole. We hope the new Rainforest Adventure exhibit will help further educate visitors on the ongoing need to protect our local aquatic life, while celebrating the incredible frog species that are native to the Australian Rainforests.”
Visitors to the new Rainforest Adventure exhibit can marvel at the stunning variety of Australian frog species including the White Lipped Tree Frog, Spotted Marsh Frog and the beautiful, bright colours of the Green Tree Frog.
Journey through the Frog Pond zone where you can discover all there is to know about these gorgeous creatures—or even find your own handsome prince!
Rainforest Adventure is one of 12 new amazing zones of discovery set to reopen as part of the refurbishment to become the all-new SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium in September!
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