Meet the amphibians
There are more than 7,000 species of amphibians alive today. They come in all shapes, sizes and colours.
Meet some of the fascinating characters who live in the brand new amphibian wing in ZSL London Zoo's Reptile House.
375 million years ago, long before the dinosaurs, the ancestors of amphibians developed from fish that used their fins like legs to walk along the sea bed.
Find out more about the evolution of amphibians.
Farewell to frogs?
Amphibians are the most endangered animals on the planet. In the last 20 years, more amphibian species have declined in numbers than any other group of animals.
If we don't work fast, many of these unique and enigmatic creatures could disappear entirely from the wild within our lifetime.
Life cycle of amphibians
The life cycle of amphibians is a marvel of nature.
From jelly-like eggs to legless tadpoles, to air-breathing froglets with tails, the life cycle of amphibians is a fascinating journey.
There are even foam-nesting frogs and frogs who make their own miniature ponds in leaves and flowers!
About the Amphibian Wing
The new Amphibian Wing of the Reptile House is now open!
The new and improved amphibian exhibit focuses on the evolution of amphibians; their astounding diversity and adaptability; the threats they face in the wild; and how ZSL is working to conserve them.
From lungfish and mudskippers, to worm-like caecilians, fascinating newts and charismatic tree frogs, the new Amphibian Wing shows how varied amphibians can be.
The ‘conservation in action’ lab allows visitors to engage with ZSL zookeepers and scientists who are conducting research for Mallorcan midwife toads, Sardinian brook salamanders and Alpine newts to investigate the effects of the deadly Chytridiomycosis disease in these species. This research is imperative to developing techniques and treatments for use in the field to help save wild populations of amphibians from the imminent risk of extinction.