Now that the great sea otter craze of 2014 is behind us, it's time for the Shedd Aquarium to turn its attention to the wet and wild world of amphibians. The temporary "Amphibians" exhibit is scheduled to open in May and will allow guests to observe 40 species of salamanders, frogs and caecilians (rarely-seen amphibious snakes that typically live underground). Spread across more than 30 distinct habitats, the exclusive exhibition will feature immersive visuals and audio, as well as the chance to see colorful frogs no bigger than a quarter and a four-foot-long Japanese salamander.
Why the sudden interest in creatures that can live in water and on land? While amphibians reside on every continent except for Antarctica, one-third of the 6,000 Amphibia species in existence today are in danger of going extinct due to the impact of global warming, habitat loss and other environmental factors. "Shedd is committed to educating the public about the effects human activity has on amphibian habitats," said Tim Binder, EVP of animal care at Shedd Aquarium, "It’s our hope the exhibit will create meaningful connections to these animals and their habitats, in order for all of us to better preserve and protect them."
"Amphibians" will run for a limited time at Shedd from May 2015 through 2017.