From Borneo to Vienna: a tale of the foot-flagging frog
To learn more about them and establish a breeding population, in 2007 the Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna received twenty foot-flagging frogs of species Staurois guttatus and Staurois parvus. It took a while for a successful breeding to start - the enclosures of foot-flaggng frogs needed to become a tiny replicas of their original habitats, including waterfalls, streams and small pools. Joint efforts of scientists from the zoo and the University of Vienna were fruitful – eventually, both species started reproducing.
Frogs & Friends' exhibition shows us the efforts of researchers to better understand the nature of foot-flagging frogs, and frog communication in general, in a dynamic, interactive way, using multimedia, physical models and mesmerizing storytelling. Walk around the exhibition in this interactive 360° display!
Video documentaries about international amphibian conservation projects are presented at the Frogs & Friends video-terminal. These were realized as a collaboration of Frogs & Friends and multiple zoos, working together to gain valuable knowledge, crucial for the protection of vulnerable amphibian species.
How exactly do foot-flagging frogs communicate in the thundering waterfall noise? Scientists from Schönbrunn Zoo and University of Vienna are on a mission - reveal the secrets of communicating techniques in this species. The video is a part of the series about the foot-flagging frogs in Schönbrunn Zoo in Vienna, featured at Frogs & Friends.
Captive breeding programs at zoos, as well as the research and observations of animals in captivity, can be of major importance in the conservation of species. In order to protect, we need to understand them better. This is a story about the amphibian ark at the Schönbrunn Zoo and the efforts of scientist to gather information about the foot-flagging frogs. If they become threatened for whatsoever reason, we will be well-prepared.
Exhibition by Frogs & Friends
Exhibition curators: Sanja Drakulić & Björn Encke
Text: Sanja Drakulić, Björn Encke, Susann Knakowske, Heiko Werning
Content Director: Susann Knakowske
Exhibition Schönbrunn Zoo
Concept & Management: Björn Encke
Technical Management, Sound Design: Bernd Schultheis
Exhibition Design: Camilo Kuschel, Adriaan Klein
Editing, Video, Education: Susann Knakowske
Consulting: Doris Preininger, Thomas Wampula, Anton Weissenbacher
Video Production: Filmtank GmbH
Illustration and Animation: Jonas Lieberknecht
Programming: Bernd Schultheis, Timo Langpeter, Floris van der Hulst
CI & Interactive Design: Sebastian Baurmann
Print Design: Martin Winter
Written & Directed by: Susann Knakowske
Camera: Leendert de Jong, Günther Rath, Doris Preininger
Editor: Ed van Megen
With the support of the Interactive Media Foundation gGmbh (IMF)