The herpetology section also maintains a scientific animal keeping facility. Several, mostly tropical, amphibian and reptile species are kept and bred in modern tanks.
Live kept animals can provide data that is otherwise hard to record in the wild, like findings on behavioural and reproductive biology, ontogeny, larval development, or bioacoustics.
The research focus is larval development of tropical frogs. Ongoing projects deal with larval development (go to the project) and comparative larval morphology (go to the project).