I’ve been working at Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House since the building opened in 1997.
Currently, we have 71 species in the facility, 46 of which are on exhibit. We have 25 species off exhibit for educational programming, breeding or observation, like the dyeing poison arrow frogs that have been part of a nutrition/mating study since 2004.
As a fairly long-lived frog species, dyeing poison arrow frogs are ideal for study. (We have a male who is 13 years old.) To date we have welcomed some 275 froglets as part of this study, which we have distributed to 30 accredited zoos around the country.
Should you happen to be visiting another zoo and spot some dyeing poison arrow frogs, consider that they might have their roots here in Chicago.
Curator of Regenstein Small Mammal-Reptile House and Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo Diane Mulkerin