By Mary Penna/ECHO  In the last blog about animal care, we discussed how crucial it is for an animal caretaker to understand an animal’s ...

Animal Adaptation at ECHO

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By Mary Penna/ECHO 

In the last blog about animal care, we discussed how crucial it is for an animal caretaker to understand an animal’s behavior. This is essential for the animal to receive the care it needs.

When a new species joins ECHO, animal care experts will put plastic over the glass tank that they are in so that they are not in shock by their new environment, with hundreds of people peering in at them. Day by day, more holes are cut out of the plastic until all of it is gone, so that the animal is gradually able to adapt to its surroundings. Poison dart frogs were recently to our exhibits at ECHO, and in their living vivarium our Environment Exhibit Specialist, Jenn Dean, has gone out of her way to make sure that the frogs are extremely comfortable in their environment.

We have provided familiar elements for the frogs so that their environment feels natural to them. We used different mosses, plants, rocks, lighting, and temperatures to make them feel completely at home in their natural habitat.


Photos by Shannon Kane/ECHO





Now, all of the plastic is removed from the dart frog container and the frogs have adapted to their new environment.


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