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Photo from Memphis Commercial Appeal

We wrote months ago about the dire situation facing the Mississippi Gopher Frog. But now the Memphis Zoo has announced the first captive breeding program for the species. This is going to be a very encouraging year of perhaps hundreds of small and large steps to avert the mass extinction. Excerpt from the Commercial Appeal:

If frogs can have high hopes, then those of the endangered Mississippi gopher frog are resting with the Memphis Zoo, the first zoo to successfully breed the vanishing amphibians.

Using in-vitro fertilization techniques learned while breeding Wyoming toads in 2004, the zoo has produced 93 Mississippi gopher tadpoles, a number nearly matching the 100 frogs still living in the wild.