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Our team was able to implement a new lab at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. We made the lab from PMODS or “built on site” shipping containers. Here is a photo documentary on the new labs going in…
Our field work in 2011 took us to one of the last remaining haunts for Bullock’s False Toad (Telmatobufo bullocki). This species has suffered from habitat loss and now is found in only a handful of localities. It is also a difficult species to find. Many hours can be spent looking through a forest patch to produce just one or two specimens. We are establishing an assurance colony of this species at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. The species is listed as the 5th most endangered amphibian on the planet by the UK’s “EDGE” program.
Here are some images from our field work with this amazing and critically endangered frog…
Our field work in 2011 brought us back to a favorite areas of Chile…the region where the Chile Mountains False Toad lives. We are developing captive assurance colonies of this species at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. We have also been monitoring a population in south-central Chile for emergent infectious amphibian disease. In addition, our research group just published a paper on this species:
Fenolio, D.B., A. Charrier, M.G. Levy, M.O. Fabry, M.S. Tirado, M.L. Crump., W.W. Lamar, & P.
Calderón. 2011. A review of the Chile Mountains False Toad, Telmatobufo venustus (Amphibia:
Anura: Calyptocephalellidae) with comments on its conservation status. Herpetological Review
Here are some images from our field work with these amazing and critically endangered frogs…
Late in 2011 our field team assembled again and went out to collect frogs for our assurance colonies at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. Here are a few shots from that process…
We have been working in the field to collect specimens for captive assurance colonies. We have also been monitoring for emergent infectious disease. Here are a few shots from this field trip.
Spring has arrived in Chile and the Darwin’s Frogs in our breeding lab at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago have started breeding earlier than last year.
We certainly appreciate this great newspaper article in Chile!
We are thrilled to have had such a great article written about our recent success!
For the last few months, it’s been that time of year again. The frogs in the lab have been breeding. So far, this year has been a good year for reproductive output by the colony. We wanted to provide a few images of what we have been seeing in the lab…enjoy!
MUCH more to come…