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ZooChat Challenge (Global) 2019

Discussion in 'Challenges, Quizzes, Competitions & Games' started by ThylacineAlive, 31 Dec 2018.

  1. Penshet

    Penshet Well-Known Member

    7 Jul 2019
    And I narrowly made it to the 100 club...

    Düsseldorf Aquazoo (visited on 22-12-2019)
    100 - African red toad - Schismaderma carens
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  2. FunkyGibbon

    FunkyGibbon Moderator Staff Member

    11 Jan 2015
    Birmingham, UK
    One of the ones I missed I think. I found quite a few of Dusseldorf's amphibs to be very unobliging.
  3. Penshet

    Penshet Well-Known Member

    7 Jul 2019
    I thought the same! I missed the smooth newts, alpine newts, bird poop frogs, Australian green tree frogs, Riobamba marsupial frogs, cane toad and Oriental fire-bellied toads. Two of those would've been additions too, sadly.
  4. FunkyGibbon

    FunkyGibbon Moderator Staff Member

    11 Jan 2015
    Birmingham, UK
    Manchester Museum - 19/12/19

    100. Phyllomedusa trinitarian - Trinidadian Monkey Frog
    101. Atelopus varius - Harlequin Toad
    102. Cruziophyla calcarifer - Splendid leaf frog
    103. Cruziophyla sylviae - Sylvia's tree frog
    104. Litoria splendida - Splendid tree frog

    Thanks to @MagpieGoose for help with IDs
  5. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

    10 Nov 2015
    Aggieland Safari 12/23/19

    109. Plains leopard frog, Lithobates blairi
    110. Blanchard’s cricket frog, Acris blanchardi

    111. Gulf coast toad, Incilius valliceps
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  6. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

    10 Nov 2015
    Houston Zoo 12/24/19

    112. Houston toad, Bufo houstonensis

    113. Barton Springs salamander, Eurycea sosorum
    114. Black-spotted newt, Notophthalmus meridionalis
    115. Gliding leaf frog, Agalychnis spurrelli
  7. WhistlingKite24

    WhistlingKite24 Well-Known Member Premium Member

    2 Jul 2018
    Brisbane, Australia
    I just came back from my first ever visit to Taronga Zoo and saw two very special (and critically endangered) frog species.
    11. Southern Corroboree Frog Pseudophryne corroboree
    12. Yellow-spotted Bell Frog Litoria castanea
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  8. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

    20 Oct 2012
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    This will be my last update of the year:

    Mystic Aquarium
    95) Three-Striped Poison Dart Frog Ameerega trivittata
    96) Bird Poop Bug-Eyed Frog Theloderma asperum

    Annoyingly, I will not be joining the 100 species club this year due to just a few too many missed species. I'm still very happy and admittedly surprised by how successful many of us have been this year!

    Now for official challenge business: Due to my current schedule for the remainder of the year being extremely hectic, I will not have a chance to declare a winner or give a rundown of people's totals until at least a few days into 2020. I'd recommend everyone get in their final totals for the year by that time! I will try and get the 2020 challenge thread up sooner for people who are planning any January 1st zoo visits :) Thank you all for another fantastic year!

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  9. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

    10 Nov 2015
    San Antonio Zoo 12/25/19

    116. Danube crested newt, Triturus dobrogicus

    Fort Worth Zoo 12/27/19

    117. Kwiechow crocodile newt, Tylototriton kweichowensis
    118. Red-spotted toad, Anaxyrus punctatus
    119. Red-bellied walking toad, Melanophryniscus stelzneri
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  10. TeaLovingDave

    TeaLovingDave Moderator Staff Member

    16 May 2010
    Wilds of Northumberland
    I do hope you got photographs :p
  11. FunkyGibbon

    FunkyGibbon Moderator Staff Member

    11 Jan 2015
    Birmingham, UK
    Are American Zoos open on Christmas Day?
  12. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

    10 Nov 2015
    - replied in PM
    Most aren’t, others have weird hours. Of the 10 zoos on this trip, only 3 were open that day. I was hoping my trip wouldn’t be over Christmas Day, but that’s the only way it worked out with all the people I’m meeting up with.
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  13. jayjds2

    jayjds2 Well-Known Member

    10 Nov 2015
    Forgotten from Fort Worth:
    120. Budgett’s frog, Lepidobatrachus laevis

    Oklahoma City Zoo 12/28/19

    121. Common coqui, Eleutherodactylus coqui
    122. Anderson’s crocodile newt, Echinotryton andersoni
    123. Great Plains toad, Anaxyrus cognatus

    Am I done yet? We’ll have to see what tomorrow holds. :p
  14. vogelcommando

    vogelcommando Well-Known Member

    10 Dec 2012
    fijnaart, the netherlands

    Today I went for the second time this year to Dierenpark Amersfoort - the Netherlands and this time the Nocturnal House was open and so I was able to find at least the - most prob. - last amphibian-species for this years challenge :

    47 - Ticitaka water frog - Telmatobius culeus

    20191228_140324 ticitaka frog.jpg

    At the beginning of this Challenge I thought I would at least reach 50 species but due to bad luck, missing quite a number of species which should be on display and visiting mainly Dutch zoos I only reached 47 :(.
    The number of amphibian-species this year seen is however much greater ( I guess I saw at least 150 different species ) but most of them at shops and herp-fairs and these don't count.
    Evenso I'm very pleased with the number seen and the fact that this challenge has put the spotlight on a group which is otherwise not of great intrest among a large number of ZooChatters - I realy hope this Challenge has changed this for at least some ZooChatters !
    Last edited: 29 Dec 2019
  15. Hipporex

    Hipporex Well-Known Member

    19 Oct 2018
    Northern California
    San Francisco Zoo (Dec. 28, 2019)
    19. California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii)
    20. Dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)
    21. Panamanian golden frog (Atelopus zeteki)
    22. Red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

    Well, uh, at least I saw 22 more species than any of the New Zealand Zoochatters saw. ;)
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  16. aardvark250

    aardvark250 Well-Known Member

    4 Jan 2016
    Hong Kong Wetland Park (not a zoo but a public collection):
    33.Hong Kong newt(Paramesotriton hongkongensis)
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  17. Chlidonias

    Chlidonias Moderator Staff Member

    13 Jun 2007
    not travelling
    Um, excuse me?! I definitely saw one! :p

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  18. birdsandbats

    birdsandbats Well-Known Member

    17 Sep 2017
    My final list for the year:

    Heckrodt Wetland Reserve Nature Center - January 22 2019
    1. Northern Leopard Frog Lithobates pipiens
    2. American Toad Anaxyrus americanus
    3. American Bullfrog Lithobates catesbeianus
    4. Eastern Gray Tree Frog Hyla chrysoscelis

    Henry Vilas Zoo - March 30 2019
    8. Cane Toad Rhinella marina
    9. Lemur Leaf Frog Agalychnis lemur
    10. Golfoducean Poison Dart Frog Phyllobates vittatus
    11. Green-And-Black Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates auratus
    12. Dyeing Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates tinctorius

    Milwaukee County Zoo - June 16 2019
    13. Common Suriname Toad Pipa pipa
    14. Sambava Tomato Frog Dyscophus guineti
    15. Hellbender Cryptobranchus alleganiensis
    16. Eastern Tiger Salamander Ambystoma tigrinum
    17. Lesser Siren Siren intermedia
    18. Chacoan Horned Frog Ceratophrys cranwelli

    Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary - June 21 2019
    19. White's Tree Frog Litoria caerulea

    Columbus Zoo & Aquarium - June 27 2019
    20. Panamanian Golden Frog Atelopus zeteki
    21. Axolotl Ambystoma mexicanum

    Toledo Zoo and Aquarium - June 29 2019
    22. Long-tailed Salamander Eurycea longicauda

    23. Golden Poison Dart Frog Phyllobates terribilis
    24. Ribbed Newt Pleurodeles waltl
    25. Red-eyed Tree Frog Agalychnis callidryas
    26. Dyeing Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates tinctorius

    Manitowoc Lincoln Park Zoo - August 3 2019
    27. Wood Frog Lithobates sylvaticus

    Alligator Alley - August 9 2019
    28. Pac-Man Frog Ceratophrys ornata
    29. Oriental Fire-bellied Toad Bombina orientalis
    30. Woodhouse's Toad Anaxyrus woodhousii
    31. Green Tree Frog Hyla cinerea

    Lincoln Park Zoo - August 14 2019
    32. Solomon Island Leaf Frog Ceratobatrachus guentheri

    Detroit Zoo - August 16 2019
    33. Emperor Spotted Newt Neurergus kaiseri
    34. Lake Titicaca Frog Telmatobius culeus
    35. Emperor Newt Tylototriton shanjing
    36. Giant Waxy Monkey Frog Phyllomedusa bicolor
    37. Golden Mantella Mantella aurantiaca
    38. Green Mantella Mantella viridis
    39. Betsileo's Mantella Mantella betsileo
    40. Arboreal Mantella Mantella laevigata
    41. Splendid Mantella Mantella pulchra
    42. Anatolian Newt Neurergus strauchii
    43. Anderson's Newt
    Echinotriton andersoni
    44. South American Waxy Tree Frog Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis
    45. Bornean Eared Frog Polypedates otilophus
    46. Denny's Tree Frog Rhacophorus dennysi
    47. Mountain Chicken Leptodactylus fallax
    48. Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog Dendrobates leucomelas
    49. Mimic Dart Frog Ranitomeya imitator
    50. Mexican Giant Tree Frog Pachymedusa dacnicolor
    51. Japanese Giant Salamander Andrias japonicus
    52. Puerto Rican Crested Toad Peltophryne lemur
    53. Narrow-striped Dwarf Siren Pseudobranchus axanthus
    54. Striped Newt Notophthalmus perstriatus
    55. Kihansi Spray Toad Nectophrynoides asperginis
    56. Wyoming Toad Anaxyrus baxteri

    Binder Park Zoo - August 17 2019
    57. Smokey Jungle Frog Leptodactylus pentadactylus

    I certainly did not expect to hit 57!
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  19. Imperator Furiosa

    Imperator Furiosa Well-Known Member

    25 Jul 2018
    Here are my totals for the year. Species I saw for the first time in 2019 are bolded.

    Shedd Aquarium - 01/13/19
    1. Dyeing Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates tinctorius)
    2. Black-legged Poison Frog (Phyllobates bicolor)
    3. Fringe Tree Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)
    4. Blue-and-yellow Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
    5. Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)
    6. Mimic Poison Frog (Ranitomeya imitator)
    7. Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
    8. Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus)
    9. Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
    10. Grey Tree Frog (Hyla versicolor)
    11. Marbled Salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
    12. Wood Frog (Lithobates sylvaticus)
    13. Northern Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus)
    14. Cave Salamander (Eurycea lucifuga)
    15. Hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis)

    Lincoln Park Zoo - 01/18/19
    16. Oriental Fire-belly Toad (Bombina orientalis)
    17. Emperor Newt (Tylototriton shanjing)
    18. Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum)
    19. Solomon Island Leaf Frog (Ceratobatrachus guentheri)
    20. American Green Tree Frog (Hyla cinerea)
    21. American Toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - 01/18/19
    22. Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans)
    23. Pickerel Frog (Lithobates palustris)
    24. Northern Leopard Frog (Lithobates pipiens)
    25. Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
    26. Common Mudpuppy (Necturus maculosus)

    Shedd Aquarium (again) - 02/09/2019
    27. Silverstone’s Poison Frog (Ameerega silverstonei)
    28. Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia)
    29. Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda)
    30. Four-toed Salamander (Hemidactylium scutatum)

    Brookfield Zoo - 03/01/2019
    31. Borneo Eared Frog (Polypedates otilophus)
    32. Rio Cauca Caecilian (Typhlonectes natans)
    33. Chinese Giant Salamander (Andrias davidianus)
    34. Cope’s Grey Tree Frog (Hyla chrysoscelis)
    35. Anthony’s Poison Arrow Frog (Epipedobates anthonyi)
    36. Green and Black Poison Frog (Dendrobates auratus)
    37. Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki)
    38. Titicaca Water Frog (Telmatobius culeus)
    39. Smoky Jungle Frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus)
    40. Mossy Frog (Theloderma corticale)
    41. Yellow-spotted Climbing Toad (Pedostibes hosii)

    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum (again) - 03/25/2019
    42. Barred Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma mavortium)

    Potter Park Zoo - 05/04/2019
    43. Puerto Rican Crested Toad (Peltophryne lemur)
    44. Yellow-banded Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates leucomelas)

    Shedd Aquarium (again) - 05/17/2019
    45. Fowler's Toad (Anaxyrus fowleri)

    Brookfield Zoo (again) - 06/21/2019
    46. Texas Blind Salamander (Eurycea rathbuni)
    47. Hourglass Tree Frog (Dendropsophus ebraccatus)
    48. Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)

    National Zoo - 08/03/2019
    49. Lemur Leaf Frog (Agalychnis lemur)
    50. Red-backed Salamander (Plethodon cinereus)
    51. Shenandoah Salamander (Plethodon shenandoah)
    52. Spiny-headed Tree Frog (Anotheca spinosa)
    53. African Clawed Frog (Xenopus laevis)
    54. California Tiger Salamander (Ambystoma californiense)
    55. False Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti)
    56. Black-legged Poison Frog (Phyllobates bicolor)
    57. Golden Poison Frog (Phyllobates terribilis)
    58. Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)
    59. Sabana Surinam Toad (Pipa parva)

    Willowbrook Wildlife Center - 08/20/2019
    60. American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)

    Shedd Aquarium (again) - 09/03/2019
    61. Ocoee Salamander (Desmognathus ocoee)
    62. Seepage Salamander (Desmognathus aeneus)

    Philadelphia Zoo - 09/15/2019
    63. Fire Salamander (Salamandra salamandra)
    64. Kaiser’s Spotted Newt (Neurergus kaiseri)
    65. Anderson’s Salamander (Ambystoma andersoni)
    66. African Bullfrog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)
    67. Magnificent Tree Frog (Litoria splendida)
    68. Sword-tail Newt (Cynops ensicauda)

    National Aquarium in Baltimore - 10/13/2019
    69. Splashback Poison Frog (Adelphobates galactonotus)
    70. Smooth-sided Toad (Rhaebo guttatus)
    71. Harlequin Poison Frog (Oophaga histrionica)
    72. Yellow-striped Poison Frog (Dendrobates truncatus)

    Milwaukee County Zoo - 11/16/2019
    73. Cranwell’s Horned Frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli)
    74. Common Surinam Toad (Pipa pipa)
    75. Northern Dwarf Siren (Pseudobranchus striatus)

    Brookfield Zoo (again) -12/22/2019
    76. Chinese Fire Belly Newt (Cynops orientalis)
    77. Bumblebee Toad (Melanophryniscus stelzneri)

    Now, assuming that my post-Working-on-New-Years-Eve fatigue and presumed Dyscalculia haven't rendered me totally mathematically illiterate that should add up to 77 unique species. I saw a few others at reptile expos this year but per the rules they could not be counted towards my total. Additionally, this year I became the caretaker for a pair of barred tiger salamanders. I saw far more species than I expected to see, and I've definitely got a much stronger appreciation for amphibians.
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  20. ThylacineAlive

    ThylacineAlive Well-Known Member

    20 Oct 2012
    Connecticut, U.S.A.
    If animals seen at expos could be counted I'd have made it well over 100 species believe you me :p

    At the end of the day, your final statement is what I really hoped to achieve for people this year. I like picking groups that people often overlook to try and generate interest in them. I'm glad to hear it worked for at least one person :)

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