My family and I had some great luck this weekend and won tickets to the National Zoo’s Boo at the Zoo! We had a terrific time collecting candy, checking out people’s very creative costumes , enjoying the spooky decorations (the butterfly ecologist in me loved this one!), and visiting some of the animals . We especially enjoyed the Reptile Discovery Center We visited our favorite Panamanian golden frogs and learned about the Appalachian hellbenders from the Salamander Ambassadors! I really enjoyed learning about these fascinating creatures that are right in our backyard. Did you know:
- of the 550 salamander species found worldwide, about 1/3 of them call North America home
- Appalachia is home to 77 species of salamander
- salamanders start their lives fully aquatic with gills, and move to land for their adult lives
- 0ne of the main threats to salamander survival is climate change – they need cool, wet places to live.
Want to help with salamander conservation? Check out this webpage.
Many thanks to FONZ and the National Zoo staff and volunteers for a fun evening of Halloween trick or treating!
Source: Smithsonian National Zoological Park. N.d. Be An Ambassador for Salamanders. Accessed 10/27/2013 at http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ActivitiesAndEvents/Celebrations/ambassadors.cfm.