, Nevoigtstraße 18
, 09117 Chemnitz
amphibians (Amphibia), caecilians (Gymnophiona), frogs and toads (Anura), salamanders and newts (Caudata)
|Ambystomatidea||Ambystoma laterale||Blue-spotted salamander|
|Ambystomatidea||Ambystoma maculatum||Spotted salamander|
|Ambystomatidea||Ambystoma mexicanum||Mexico salamander|
|Ambystomatidea||Ambystoma opacum||Marbled salamander|
|Ambystomatidea||Ambystoma tigrinum||Tiger salamander|
|Bombinatoridae||Bombina maxima||Giant fire-bellied toad|
|Bombinatoridae||Bombina orientalis||Fire bellied toad|
|Bombinatoridae||Bombina v. variegata||Orange-speckled toad|
|Bufonidae||Bufo guttatus||Smooth sided toad|
|Bufonidae||Bufo marinus||Cane toad|
|Bufonidae||Bufo melanosticus||House toad|
|Bufonidae||Bufo paracnemis||Cururu (Rococo) toad|
|Bufonidae||Bufo spinulosus||Warty toad|
|Caeciliidae||Dermophis mexicanus||Mexican burrowing caecilian|
|Caeciliidae||Typhlonectes compressicauda||Aquatic caecilian|
|Cryptobranchidae||Andrias davidianus||Chinese giant salamander|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates auratus||Green and black poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates azureus||Blue poison dart frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates leucomelas||Yellow banded poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates pumilio||Strawberry poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates tinctorius||Dyeing poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Dendrobates ventrimaculatus||Amazonian poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Phyllobates bicolor||Black legged poison frog|
|Dendrobatidae||Phyllobates vittatus||Golfodulcean poison frog|
|Hylidae||Gastrotheca marsupiata||Marsupial frog|
|Hylidae||Hyla meridionalis||Mediterranean treefrog|
|Hylidae||Litoria infrafrenata||White lipped tree frog|
|Hylidae||Osteopilus septentrionalis||Cuban tree frog|
|Hylidae||Phrynohyas resinifectrix||Amazonian milk frog|
|Hylidae||Phrynohyas venulosa||Pepper tree frog|
|Hynobiidae||Pachyhynobius shangchengensis||Shangcheng stout salamander|
|Hyperoliidae||Kassina senegalensis||Running frog (bubbling kassina)|
|Leptodactylidae||Leptodactylus pentadactylus||Smokey jungle frog|
|Microhylidae||Dyscophus antongilli||Tomato frog|
|Microhylidae||Dyscophus guineti||False tomato frog|
|Microhylidae||Kaloula pulchra||Malaysian painted toad|
|Microhylidae||Scaphiophryne pustolosa||Spiny burrowing frog|
|Pipidae||Pipa carvalhoi||Common Surinam toad|
|Pipidae||Pipa parva||Surinam toad|
|Pipidae||Pipa pipa||Surinam toad|
|Pipidae||Xenopus laevis||African clawed frog|
|Plethodontidae||Eurycea lucifuga||Cave salamander|
|Plethodontidae||Plethodon jordani||Jordan's salamander|
|Plethodontidae||Pseudotriton ruber||Red salamander|
|Ranidae||Rana cubitalis||Dark-eared frog|
|Rhacophoridae||Mantella viridis||Green mantella|
|Rhacophoridae||Rhacophorus cruziger||Parachute frog|
|Salamandridae||Cynops cyanurus||Blue-tailed fire belly newt|
|Salamandridae||Cynops ensicauda popei||Okinawa newt|
|Salamandridae||Cynops orientalis||Chinese fire belly newt|
|Salamandridae||Cynops pyrrhogaster||Japanese fire belly newt|
|Salamandridae||Pachytriton brevipes||Chinese brook newt|
|Salamandridae||Pachytriton labiatum||Unterstein's newt|
|Salamandridae||Paramesotriton fuzhongensis||Fuzhong warty newt|
|Salamandridae||Paramesotriton hongkongensis||Hong Kong warty newt|
|Salamandridae||Paramesotriton spec.||Warty newt|
|Salamandridae||Pleurodeles waltl||Spanish ribbed newt|
|Salamandridae||Salamandra atra||Alpine salamander|
|Salamandridae||Salamandra s. bernadezi||Spanish fire salamandra|
|Salamandridae||Salamandra s. gallaica||Portugal fire salamandra|
|Salamandridae||Salamandra s.almanzoris||Spanish fire salamander|
|Salamandridae||Tylototriton shanjing||Mandarin newt|
|Salamandridae||Tylototriton verrucosus||Crocodile newt|
|Sirenidae||Siren lacertina||Greater siren|
The Vivarium exemplifies the Noah’s Ark concept of the Tierpark Chemnitz: By keeping and breeding rare species the Tierpark contributes to conservation of these species. In the Vivarium, visitors can encounter amphibians of all colors and shapes from around the world up close in a wide variety of mini-biotopes. The species listed above were on display in December 2003. The biotopes are grouped together according to the climatic zones of the tropics, sub-tropics, and palaearctic. As a facility unique in Europe and being inhabited by numerous interesting frog-, newt- and salamander species, the Vivarium has turned into a main attraction at Tierpark Chemnitz.
The Vivarium was the result of the modification of an existing building, where previously the zoo's riding and work horses had been kept.
Cold room 1: 14.2 m2, cold room 2: 14.8 m2; heated room: 111.9 m2 and holding/breeding room: 14.6 m2.
Space allocation in square meters:
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FEATURES DEDICATED TO ANIMALS:
The amphibians are accommodated in landscaped terrariums and aquariums which imitate a small section of the natural habitat of these animals. Depending on the particular ecological requirements of the animals, water features are also provided. To assure a high ambient humidity, nebulisers were installed, which operate in the morning and in the evening. In addition, the terrariums are sprayed with water once a day.
FEATURES DEDICATED TO KEEPERS:
The terrariums in the public area are placed on shelves inside illuminated glass display cases, and they are also secured by lockable glass doors. The terrariums can only be accessed from the public area, and so all servicing and feeding can only be done outside regular visiting hours. Except for the purpose of keeper meetings and public display feedings, animal care staff members are normally not present in the public area during opening hours.
Breeding and quarantine tanks in the breeding rooms are accessible from above and can be serviced throughout the day. As protective measures against toxic skin secretions and to avoid cross contamination with diseases, disposable rubber gloves are available to all animal care staff.
FEATURES DEDICATED TO VISITORS:
The Vivarium includes the total of three exhibit rooms, each featuring a different temperature zone. In the entrance area (which also serves as exit since there is a circular exhibit pathway), there are rearing tanks with amphibian larvae and juveniles for visitors to observe.
The terrariums are illuminated and positioned one above the other (always two) in long rows. In the generally relatively dark room they are easy to view. Each terrarium has a species identification label that provides information about the origin of the species, as well as a few interesting biological details. In addition, some larger explanatory graphics give general information about the Class Amphibia and its three Orders.
From tiny, yet highly venomous Amazonian poison dart frog to the massive cane toad, the Vivarium showcases the vast variety of amphibian shape, size, color, and survival strategies. Interested visitors can learn about the animals from terrarium signs and explanatory graphic panels.
Staff from the Tierpark, the Education Department, and the Zoo’s Support Association take visitors on guided tours through the Vivarium sharing information about the facility and its inhabitants. At Meet-the-Keeper sessions during school holidays and on many weekends a keeper gives a short talk and demonstrates the feeding of certain non-dangerous amphibians. These sessions are well received by the public. The Vivarium provides an excellent opportunity to abolish prejudices and fears about amphibians, and to show visitors what fascinating and diverse animals amphibians really are.
Because of the large numbers of extremely rare species bred and kept here, the Vivarium has become a miniature Noah's Ark. Among the particularly endangered species are the Chinese giant salamander, various Amazonian poison dart frog species, axolotl and the red tomato frog.
The Animal Park trains apprentices.
|Information on Frogs (10)|
|©Tierpark Chemnitz, 2003|
|Animal Information (22)|
|©Tierpark Chemnitz, 2003|