Exotic frogs exhibit opens March 14 at the Virginia Living Museum
Explore TOAD-ally cool creatures and get eyeball to eyeball with live frogs from around the world in “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” March 14 through Sept. 7 at the Virginia Living Museum.
View more than 70 live frogs from across the globe, complete with their noisy croaks, yaps, chirps, whoops, snores and whistles, all housed in detailed habitats with rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls.
Interactive games and displays help visitors of all ages have fun while exploring frogs’ biology and natural history, the roles they play in human cultures, their importance to ecosystems and the perils they face in a changing environment.
“Frogs are the modern day ‘canary in a coal mine’ giving the world warnings of pollution problems. Their thin, sensitive skins make them especially vulnerable to pollution,” says Fred Farris, deputy executive director of the Virginia Living Museum. “Come see more frogs in one visit than you would see in a lifetime of travels --- -their color and diversity will astonish you.”
Visitors will encounter frogs with such strange names as Mexican Dumpy Frogs, Waxy Monkey Frogs, Vietnamese Mossy Frogs, and Fire-bellied Toads. The exhibit also includes videos of frogs in the wild, recorded frog calls, colorful graphics and photos, and interactive activities that explain fascinating frog facts.
Check out the skeleton of the world’s largest frog and learn how the frog’s skeleton allows it to out-jump Olympic athletes. Examine the stages of metamorphosis with preserved specimens. Perform a virtual dissection without hurting any frogs. Create a chorus when you push buttons to activate recorded frog calls. Test your frog knowledge on subjects – from basic to bizarre!
If you’ve never thought of frogs as beautiful, this exhibition will change your mind! Bring your camera: Non-flash photography is permitted.
“Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” was created by Peeling Productions at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland.
The exhibit is presented by EVB, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc.
“EVB is honored to bring such an enriching exhibit to the Hampton Roads area. EVB is very proud to be a part of your community,” said Mark C. Hanna, EVB/Tidewater Regional President.
The exhibit is sponsored by Peace Frogs, the Daily Press, WAVY-TV and Fox43.
A companion planetarium program, “Noisy Neighbors: A Frog Story,” will be shown during the run of the exhibit. A power outage brings neighbors outside to share the sights and sounds of a late spring evening. Their quiet appreciation of the undimmed stars is interrupted by a strange sound...one that can be as hard to identify as the constellations above them. Discover the wonder of the amphibians living in backyards...and how we all need to help save these incredible creatures. Days and times vary. Planetarium shows are $4 in addition to museum admission.
Through May 22 the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. From May 23 through Sept. 7, the museum is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There will be extended hours on Thursdays, June 18 through Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The museum is located at 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, I64, exit 258A.
Admission is $17 adults and $13 children (ages 3-12). Children ages 2 and under are free.
For more information call 757-595-1900 or visit the web site at thevlm.org.
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