Our Zookeeper Friend Returns
Posted by lindamartinandersen on April 25, 2014
“Our Zookeeper Friend Returns” by Linda Martin Andersen
“A Writer’s Playground”–A place to find wordplay, writing, and monthly calendar activities for kids and those young at heart.
April 26, 2014 is Amphibian Awareness Day at the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro–
an annual event held in conjunction with
Save the Frogs Day
that occurs around the world. Visit here to learn more: http://www.savethefrogs.com/
Melissa Barr, the zookeeper pictured below, is here to tell us about Amphibian Awareness Day. She works with the alligators, cougars, waterfowl, as well as a variety of other reptiles and amphibians in the Cypress Swamp section of the North Carolina Zoological Park in Asheboro. Anyone with this kind of courage deserves our attention and respect!
Amphibian populations around the world are declining at an alarming rate. Almost 1/3 of all amphibians are in decline. If something is affecting these animals, we should be concerned as well. They are an indicator species as they have permeable skin that is sensitive to environmental hazards. And of course, frogs are just awesome and we don’t want to lose such beautiful animals!
What is cause of decline in amphibians?
A lot of the things that people can do to help amphibians also help other animals as well. When possible, try to recycle or buy items that are made of recycled materials. Use less water when taking a shower or turn off the water when brushing your teeth. Keep pollution out of all waterways, including using pesticides and herbicides responsibly is used at all. Don’t remove amphibians from the wild, but observe and enjoy them when you see them. Learn as much as possible about amphibians and educate others!
How do amphibians benefit humans?
They eat lots of insects! They are part of the food chain. Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae. Frogs are an important food source for many animals. Frogs are studied for use in medicinal research that benefits humans.
To read earlier posts by Melissa Barr, check these sites:
To learn more about the North Carolina Zoological Park, check here:
nczoo.org (NC Zoo website)
nczoo.com (NC Zoo Society website)
Let’s thank Melissa Barr for sharing her zookeeping experiences with us. Melissa, please tell all the animals in your area “Hello” from us.
Readers, please leave a question or a comment. I encourage you to visit a zoo in your area. And be sure to visit “A Writer’s Playground” again soon. Bring a friend. Copyright © 2013 Linda Martin Andersen
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Copyright © 2014 Linda Martin Andersen
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