Close to 6,000 known species of amphibians live in our world; however, many are going extinct at an alarming rate. Currently, almost 2,000 species are threatened with extinction; that is nearly 1/3 of the planet's amphibians! Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo, together with other zoos and organizations, has launched the Amphibian Conservation Initiative to address this issue on a global scale. Read More.
Worldwide, there are nearly 17,500 species of butterflies, grouped into five families: Hesperiidae, Papilionidae, Pieridae, Lycaenidae, and Nymphalidae. Close to 750 species inhabit the United States and Canada, most notably the Monarch and Regal Fritillary that can be found in Nebraska and surrounding states. Approximately 3% of butterfly species are threatened with extinction. Read More.