Amphibian Allies is overseen by Kelly Martin who works in the Zoo’s Education Department. Frogs and toads are an important part of local biodiversity. Conserving biodiversity is essential to the health of the planet and the welfare of humankind. Frogs and toads have a special role to play in keeping the environment healthy. With their semi-permeable skin and their ability to live “on the edge” between water and land, frogs and toads are very sensitive to pollution and other environmental changes. Missouri is home to at least 26 species of frogs and toads, all with distinct sounds, markings and adaptations.
By participating in the Frog and Toad Watch programs, the Kansas City Zoo will be helping scientists track climate change using phenology (the study of times of recurring natural phenomena) data, identify positive and negative population trends and learn about the range and distribution of frogs and toads.