Fire-bellied Toad

Fire-bellied Toad

Bombina spp

Frogs and toads comprise the order Anura, one of the three main groups of amphibians. There are about 3,500 known species of frogs and 300 species of toads.

The toads that we have here in Dublin Zoo are fire-bellied toads. Fire-bellied toads can be found in parts of Asia and North African and across most of Europe, where they spend much of their time in the water or near the shore. Fire-bellied toads have brightly coloured red and black patterns on their bellies, warning predators that they taste bad, as their skin contains substances that are irritating to other animals. Unlike most amphibians, they live in groups in the wild. They feed on crickets, moths and other insects found in the water.

Although these particular toads are not endangered, just over one third of amphibians are threatened with extinction. This year, Dublin Zoo is taking part in the worldwide amphibian campaign, Amphibian Ark. In response to the global amphibian crisis, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) set up the Amphibian Ark campaign to develop, promote and guide the ex-situ (off-site) conservation strategies. We aim to contribute to saving amphibians worldwide by raising public awareness, and donating towards the costs of conserving endangered species in zoos and in their habitats.

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