Participants will enter the Ford Education Center and be “transported” to the Panamanian rainforest. Participants will hear the story of how zoos and aquariums are working to save frog populations before they go extinct.
Participants will take on the role of a wildlife ecologist to determine the best potential release locations for Panamanian golden frogs that have been raised in zoos and aquariums. Participants will practice collecting and analyzing water quality data from replicated potential release sites and compare it to known acceptable ranges, analyze aerial images to determine proximity of human development and practice animal well-checks on model frogs.
As participants are collecting data, staff demonstrate humane treatment of the “frog specimens” during data collection. Participants handle the model specimens the same way a professional would and return each specimen to the same place it was found.