Frogs in the USA
13th August 2009
A rare mountain frog has been bred in captivity and it’s hoped to be able to re-introduce it to the mountains of California. There are only 122 left in the world.
The mountain yellow-legged frog has been bred at San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research.
It is, apparently, the first successful breeding of the frog in captivity.
The Zoo has several dozen eggs that it hopes to mature.
The Los Angeles Zoo, Fresno Chaffee Zoo and the Living Desert Wildlife and Botanical Park in Palm Desert are also being brought in to the project to re-introduce them to the mountains.
Once abundant in California, the mountain yellow-legged frog, Rana muscosa, is on the verge of extinction.
The number of adult frogs remaining in the wild is estimated to be just 122, all living in small, isolated pockets of the Sierra Nevada, San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains.
The frogs have declined due to loss of habitat, climate change and a spreading deadly fungus.