Great news Philadelphia! The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is being invaded by frogs! And what beautiful creatures they are. Clyde Peeling’s traveling exhibit is called “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” and will feature live frogs from around the world. The exhibit will open on Saturday, February 4th and run through Sunday, May 14. Have you ever wondered what goes into getting an exhibit up and running? Exhibits Director, Jennifer Sontchi was kind enough to explain.
Who decides what exhibits come to the Academy?
The first batch of traveling exhibit candidates are pulled together by Exhibits Department staff. Then the candidates go through our Experience Planning Committee (EPiC). The final slate of exhibits are approved by the Senior Team of VPs. We plan about 3 years out.
How does the Academy and your department, in particular, prepare for this live traveling exhibit. What needs to be done on your end before the frogs arrive?
These exhibits are considered “Turn Key” which means that the people who are renting us the exhibits have worked out most of the details. We work with the companies to be sure that the animals will have everything they need to be safe and happy.
What can people expect to see when this exhibit opens?
Without a doubt, the frogs and toads will be the stars of the show. Visitors can expect to see a wide range of colorful species in naturalistic habitats. The exhibit features video of frogs in action, recorded sounds of their calls, wildlife photography, preserved specimens showing a frog’s life cycle, information about habitat threats, and an articulated skeleton of the world’s largest frog, among other things.
What do frogs eat?
Frogs are pretty undiscerning carnivores. If they can swallow it, they will probably go after it. Generally, this means insects and worms, but larger species will eat fish, rodents, birds, reptiles, and even other frogs, providing that they are small enough to swallow.
Can you only find frogs in tropical areas?
No, you can find frogs all around the world, including the arctic.
Can frogs survive the cold winter weather?
Absolutely. Frogs that are native to areas that experience cold winters will hibernate in a safe place like a burrow or at the bottom of a lake. Many frogs have chemicals in their bodies that prevent them from freezing, but some frogs can survive freezing completely solid during the winter.
Thank you, Jennifer for the frog information.
The Academy is the place to be. Check out their page at www.ansp.org for a list of upcoming events. I’ll be there on February 4th to see the frogs. Will you?
Frogs: A Chorus of Colors
Weekends starting February 4 through May 14
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
(Featured photo: American Museum of Natural History)