Amphibians in Crisis
Pollution, climate change, habitat degradation, invasive species, and a global skin fungus called chytrid are some of the major threats facing amphibians.
Shedd is dedicated to making the environment healthy for amphibians. From water-conserving exhibits to pesticide-free gardens, sustainability extends to every part of the aquarium.
Amphibians as Environmental
Amphibians’ sensitive skin and specialized adaptations mean they need healthy habitats in order to thrive. Studying amphibian populations can teach us more about the health of the ecosystems where they live.
Threatened salamanders live right in our own backyard, but little is known about them. Shedd researchers Alicia Beattie and Dr. Phil Willink study populations of mudpuppies along Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline.
What You Can Do
Whether choosing pesticide-free lawn care or being a citizen scientist, everyone can help amphibians living near their homes and around the world by taking some simple steps to help their environment.