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Installing the Darwin’s Frog Breeding Center, Day 1

We have arrived in Santiago, Chile, and have begun working on the breeding center at the National Zoo of Chile.

Taking vital equipment the hard way to the Rhinoderma Conservation Initiative (RCI) at the National Zoo in Santiago, Chile.

Taking vital equipment the hard way to the Rhinoderma Conservation Initiative (RCI) at the National Zoo in Santiago, Chile.

Climate control in the new facility includes heat pumps.

Climate control in the new facility includes heat pumps.

A journey’s end: from Atlanta to ZooMed Labs in California via China, state-of-the-art terraria finally arrive in Santiago.  The experts at ZooMed not only provide good product but also they know how to pack and ship.  Marcela and Danté are pleasantly surprised that not a single tank was broken!

A journey’s end: from Atlanta to ZooMed Labs in California via China, state-of-the-art terraria finally arrive in Santiago. The experts at ZooMed not only provide good product but also they know how to pack and ship. Marcela and Danté are pleasantly surprised that not a single tank was broken!

A job well done.  Andy shows off the sparkling new facility.

A job well done. Andy shows off the sparkling new facility.

The Mess Hall.  Insect cultures will be housed here.

The Mess Hall. Insect cultures will be housed here.

The Kitchen.

The Kitchen.

What a college education overlooks. Drilling drain holes through glass.  Happily, we finally figured out how to do this; it only took us 60 seconds to drill each hole.

What a college education overlooks. Drilling drain holes through glass. Happily, we figured out how to drill each hole in roughly 60 seconds.

Keep it cool!  Despite their toughness, diamond drill bits can’t take the heat.

Keep it cool! Despite their toughness, diamond drill bits can’t take the heat.

Two continents combine.  Participants from Chile and the US get the job done.

Two continents combine. Participants from Chile and the US get the job done.

What a relief; we didn’t crack the glass.

What a relief; we didn’t crack the glass.

“Sushi House.”  The sleek design of the new facility has already earned it a nickname among zoo employees.

“Sushi House.” The sleek design of the new facility has already earned it a nickname among zoo employees.

Frogs’ eye view of Santiago.

Frogs’ eye view of Santiago.

Stay tuned, more to come…

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