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Installing the Darwin´s Frog Breeding Center, Day 2

We shopped till we dropped.  Our list of supplies to pick up ranged from screen for the false bottoms to coconuts.  Fortunately, Santiago’s excellent hardware stores not only included everything we needed but also things we hadn’t seen in the United States.  Best of all, we found Rain-X, which allowed us to prevent the exhibit glass from fogging. 

The heck with lifting heavy aquaria; shopping is easily the most exhausting of tasks.

The heck with lifting heavy aquaria; shopping is easily the most exhausting of tasks.

 

Chile has plastic screening of a design and quality we have yet to find at home.

Chile has plastic screening of a design and quality we have yet to find at home.

 

The sheer amount of screen we purchased impressed both vendors and our coworkers.

The sheer amount of screen we purchased impressed both vendors and our coworkers.

 

Getting to know the new neighbors; seems like the zoo animals were as interested in us as we were in them.  Seeing rare or endemic Chilean fauna made our tasks that much more exciting.  The Quique, Galictis cuja, a hyperactive mustelid, found our presence highly entertaining.

Getting to know the new neighbors; seems like the zoo animals were as interested in us as we were in them. Seeing rare or endemic Chilean fauna made our tasks that much more exciting. The Quique, Galictis cuja, a hyperactive mustelid, found our presence highly entertaining.

 

Like its northern cousin the Grison, the Quique is an aggressive predator.  In fact, Chileans use the name “quique” to describe someone who is angry.

Like its northern cousin the Grison, the Quique is an aggressive predator. In fact, Chileans use the name “quique” to describe someone who is angry.

 

We changed everybody’s routine, and even woke up nocturnal animals like this Magellanic Owl, Bubo magellanicus.

We changed everybody’s routine, and even woke up nocturnal animals like this Magellanic Owl, Bubo magellanicus.

 

However, after sniffing over the newcomers…

However, after sniffing over the newcomers…

 

… and softened up by tasty handouts, we were accepted.

… and softened up by tasty handouts, we were accepted.

STAY TUNED…MORE TO COME

admin in Uncategorized on August 25 2009 » 3 comments
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  1. Melissa Green says on June 08 2010 at 20:17:

    My conservation biology class was really impressed with this project. IMHO, this is fabulous work.

    Save the frogs! – Melissa

  2. Hector Villa says on June 08 2010 at 20:20:

    What are you guys going to do with the baby frogs you produce?

    Later – Hector

  3. admin says on June 08 2010 at 21:22:

    Hi Hector,

    Ultimately, we hope to perform reintroductions of Darwin’s Frogs in preserved areas of Chile within their traditional range. There are a lot of things that need to happen first. Right now, we are concentrating on getting our frogs to breed regularly in our facility in Santiago.

    Cheers & Thanks!!

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