EXOTIC FROG EXHIBITS
The summer of 2005, the Zoo unveiled three new state of the art terrariums that contain native South American plants and have individual life support systems that create a natural and enriched enviornment for some very beautiful and highly endangered frogs.
INTERNATIONAL AMPHIBIAN CONSERVATION
The Henry Vilas Zoo, in cooperation with the Atlanta Botanical Garden is privileged to participate in a very unique conservation program to save amphibians facing global extinction.
Vilas Zoo's Herpetarium keeper Erik has joined with other scientists to establish and sustain captive assurance colonies of neo-tropical amphibian species.
THREATENED WITH EXTINCTION
Over the last 50 years researchers have recorded major reductions in amphibian populations around the world. 113 species have vanished completely. Over 1/3 of the planet's known amphibian species are currently threatened with extinction and their status is expected to further decline if immediate conservation initiations are not taken.
Henry Vilas Zoo is concerned with any loss of biodiversity, disappearing amphibians are especially significant because they measure the health of an environment, an important componenet of ecosystems, potential sources of new medicines, and a source of beauty and wonder.
THE DISCOVERY CENTER
The Discovery Center is the Vilas Zoo's hands-on learning center that's just waiting for new explorers to uncover the secrets of the animal kingdom.
Learning stations with microscopes and magnifiers allow you to see the finest details of a Screech Owl's skull, a python's skin or a penguin's feather. Get nose to nose with a turtle, and watch as honey bees build a hive. Study a real tortoise skeleton, and learn about how animals become endangered. It's all in the Discovery Center! Come and explore!
IT'S ALL IN HERE!
Tarantulas, walking stick bugs, hissing cockroaches, giant millepedes and more! Get an up-close look at some very interesting species.THE HERPETARIUM
The Herpetarium is home to a variety of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Giant aldabra tortoises, aligators, anaconda and a huge Burmese python can be found in the herpetarium. There is also a freshwater tank that highlights many of the fish found in Wisconsin lakes.