The popular Crocworld Conservation Centre Frogging Evenings have returned with the final 2021 event planned for Friday, 10 December at 6.30pm. This educational excursion is a fun way to learn more about the local amphibian residents of the KZN South Coast by seeking them out in their natural habitat.
“The Crocworld Frogging Evenings have been running for a few years now and they’re always a great experience for all ages,” said Crocworld Conservation Centre Manager, James Wittstock. “We take visitors to the nearby wetlands where we search for some of the many indigenous amphibian species found along the KZN South Coast. It’s a really fun adventure and we’re so pleased that we’re able to reintroduce them onto the Crocworld calendar.”
10 Frog Fun Facts
1. When a frog swallows its prey, it blinks which pushes its eyeballs on top of its mouth to help push the food down its throat.
2. The collective noun of frogs is ‘army’. So, we get a flock of birds, a herd of cattle and an army of frogs!
3. Most frogs have teeth although usually on the upper jaw. These hold prey in place until the frog can swallow it.
4. There are more than 4 700 species of frogs and they’re found on every continent except Antarctica.
5. The biggest frog in the world is the Goliath frog which lives in West Africa. One frog can weigh more than 3kgs, which is the equivalent of a newborn baby.
6. A frog completely moults – sheds its skin – about once a week, and sometimes every day. Once it pulls off the old skin, the frog usually eats it!
7. Many frogs can jump 20 times their own height – some even higher than that.
8. The study of amphibians and reptiles is called herpetology which comes from the Greek word ‘herpeton’ meaning ‘something that crawls’.
9. Male frogs croak to attract females. Each frog species’ croak is distinctive and can be amplified up to 1.5kms away.
10. Frogs don’t drink water with their mouths but rather by absorbing it through their permeable skin. This does put them at risk of absorbing pollutants in air and water.
Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn more about these incredible creatures! Those attending the Frogging Evening must meet at Crocworld Conservation Centre by 5.30pm, after which the Crocworld team will give an informative presentation on the various regional frogs followed by a practical frogging session. Participants will then drive in convoy to the nearby wetland where they will try to find as many species as possible.
The event is limited to 50 people so pre-bookings must be made ahead of time by contacting Crocworld on call 039 976 1103. The cost is R80 per adult and R50 per child under 12 years. Payment can be made on the day. Participants will need to wear old clothing and gum boots, with headlamps and torches.
To secure a place, contact Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103 to make a booking. To find out more about Crocworld Conservation Centre visit www.crocworld.co.za or ‘Crocworld Conservation Centre’ on Facebook or call 039 976 1103. To find out more about Fish Eagle Café, call 083 658 7073 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who aren’t able to visit Crocworld Conservation Centre in person but still want the Crocworld experience, check out Crocworld’s Digital Zoo at https://thezyecarrgroup.co.za/Crocworld/.