This is a story we hope to see more and more often in the years ahead: herpetologists and zoos releasing threatened amphibian species back into the wild. Full story here. Excerpt below:
PORTLAND – As eggs, they were rescued from the perils that have all but decimated their population. As tadpoles, they hatched under the watchful eyes of zookeepers. Now they have begun developing their land legs, taking the final step toward a release back into the wild, where conservationists hope they will have a fighting chance.
Around 290 endangered Oregon spotted frogs are being head-started into young adulthood at the Oregon Zoo in an attempt to save a species imperiled by loss of habitat, invasive predators and the deadly chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), which has quickly spread from Africa to threaten amphibian populations worldwide.