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Chemnitz Animal Park

Vivarium

Hermann Will, Anja Dube (Authors for Chemnitz Animal Park)
Erich Friese (Translation for ZooLex)
Monika Fiby, Monika Lange (Editors for ZooLex)
Published 2004-7-17
deutsch , español

 

UP LOCATION:

Tierpark Chemnitz , Nevoigtstraße 18 , 09117 Chemnitz , Germany
Phone: 0049-371-850028
Fax: 8577693
URL: http://www.tierpark-chemnitz.de


UP KEY WORDS:

amphibians (Amphibia), caecilians (Gymnophiona), frogs and toads (Anura), salamanders and newts (Caudata)


UP ANIMALS:

Family:Species:Common Name:Capacity:
AmbystomatideaAmbystoma lateraleBlue-spotted salamander
AmbystomatideaAmbystoma maculatumSpotted salamander
AmbystomatideaAmbystoma mexicanumMexico salamander
AmbystomatideaAmbystoma opacumMarbled salamander
AmbystomatideaAmbystoma tigrinumTiger salamander
BombinatoridaeBombina maximaGiant fire-bellied toad
BombinatoridaeBombina orientalisFire bellied toad
BombinatoridaeBombina v. variegataOrange-speckled toad
BufonidaeBufo guttatusSmooth sided toad
BufonidaeBufo marinusCane toad
BufonidaeBufo melanosticusHouse toad
BufonidaeBufo paracnemisCururu (Rococo) toad
BufonidaeBufo spinulosusWarty toad
CaeciliidaeDermophis mexicanusMexican burrowing caecilian
CaeciliidaeTyphlonectes compressicaudaAquatic caecilian
CryptobranchidaeAndrias davidianusChinese giant salamander
CryptobranchidaeCryptobranchus alleganiensisHellbender
DendrobatidaeDendrobates auratusGreen and black poison frog
DendrobatidaeDendrobates azureusBlue poison dart frog
DendrobatidaeDendrobates leucomelasYellow banded poison frog
DendrobatidaeDendrobates pumilioStrawberry poison frog
DendrobatidaeDendrobates tinctoriusDyeing poison frog
DendrobatidaeDendrobates ventrimaculatusAmazonian poison frog
DendrobatidaePhyllobates bicolorBlack legged poison frog
DendrobatidaePhyllobates vittatusGolfodulcean poison frog
HylidaeGastrotheca marsupiataMarsupial frog
HylidaeHyla meridionalisMediterranean treefrog
HylidaeLitoria infrafrenataWhite lipped tree frog
HylidaeOsteopilus septentrionalisCuban tree frog
HylidaePhrynohyas resinifectrixAmazonian milk frog
HylidaePhrynohyas venulosaPepper tree frog
HynobiidaePachyhynobius shangchengensisShangcheng stout salamander
HyperoliidaeKassina senegalensisRunning frog (bubbling kassina)
LeptodactylidaeLeptodactylus pentadactylusSmokey jungle frog
MicrohylidaeDyscophus antongilliTomato frog
MicrohylidaeDyscophus guinetiFalse tomato frog
MicrohylidaeKaloula pulchraMalaysian painted toad
MicrohylidaeScaphiophryne pustolosaSpiny burrowing frog
PipidaePipa carvalhoiCommon Surinam toad
PipidaePipa parvaSurinam toad
PipidaePipa pipaSurinam toad
PipidaeXenopus laevisAfrican clawed frog
PlethodontidaeEurycea lucifugaCave salamander
PlethodontidaePlethodon jordaniJordan's salamander
PlethodontidaePseudotriton ruberRed salamander
ProteidaeNecturus maculosusMudpuppy
RanidaeRana cubitalisDark-eared frog
RhacophoridaeMantella viridisGreen mantella
RhacophoridaeRhacophorus cruzigerParachute frog
SalamandridaeCynops cyanurusBlue-tailed fire belly newt
SalamandridaeCynops ensicauda popeiOkinawa newt
SalamandridaeCynops orientalisChinese fire belly newt
SalamandridaeCynops pyrrhogasterJapanese fire belly newt
SalamandridaePachytriton brevipesChinese brook newt
SalamandridaePachytriton labiatumUnterstein's newt
SalamandridaeParamesotriton fuzhongensisFuzhong warty newt
SalamandridaeParamesotriton hongkongensisHong Kong warty newt
SalamandridaeParamesotriton spec.Warty newt
SalamandridaePleurodeles waltlSpanish ribbed newt
SalamandridaeSalamandra atraAlpine salamander
SalamandridaeSalamandra s. bernadeziSpanish fire salamandra
SalamandridaeSalamandra s. gallaicaPortugal fire salamandra
SalamandridaeSalamandra s.almanzorisSpanish fire salamander
SalamandridaeTylototriton shanjingMandarin newt
SalamandridaeTylototriton verrucosusCrocodile newt
SirenidaeSiren lacertinaGreater siren


UP DESCRIPTION:

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.
 

UP SIZE:

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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total155.5

 

UP COSTS:

Euro 320,000


 

UP OPENING DATE:

1996
 

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UP 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.
 

UP 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.
 

UP 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.
 

UP INTERPRETATION:

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.
 

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UP CONSERVATION:

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.
 

UP LOCAL RESOURCES:

The Animal Park trains apprentices.

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Overview
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Site Plan
©Tierpark Chemnitz, 2004

 
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Axolotl (1)
©Hermann Will, 2000

 
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Entrance (2)
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Visitor Space (3)
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Visitor Space (4)
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Yellow-headed Poison Frog (5)
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Veined Treefrog (6)
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Crocodile Newt (7)
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Dart Frog Tadpoles (8)
©L. Baedermann, 2001

 
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Marbled Cave Frogs (9)
©L. Baedermann, 2001

 
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Information on Frogs (10)
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Terrarium with Tree Frogs (11)
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Blue Poison Frog (12)
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Tiger Salamander (13)
©Hermann Will, 2000

 
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Golden Poison Frog (14)
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Tadpole (15)
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Marbled Cave Frog (16)
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Smokey Jungle Frog (17)
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Oriental Fire-bellied Toad (18)
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Tomato Frog (19)
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Cane Toad (20)
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Surinam Toad (21)
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Animal Information (22)
©Tierpark Chemnitz, 2003

 

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