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Setting up the Darwins Frog breeding facility at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago

The Darwin’s Frog conservation initiative, involving the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago, is gearing up to finish installing a captive breeding facility for imperiled Darwin’s Frogs this week at the zoo in Santiago. After months of buying equipment, organizing shipping, and ironing out travel details, we are finally ready to put the equipment into the new facility at the National Zoo of Chile. Everyone is really excited since discussions of this project have been ongoing for years.
Darwins frogs suffer from habitat loss and emergent infectious disease, such as amphibian chytrid fungus.

Darwins frogs suffer from habitat loss and emergent infectious disease, such as amphibian chytrid fungus.

This shot depicts the new Darwins Frog breeding facility as it was being built at the national Zoo in Santiago.  The public will be able to see exactly what is happening in the facility as one entire wall of the structure is glass.

This shot depicts the new Darwins Frog breeding facility as it was being built at the National Zoo in Santiago. The public will be able to see exactly what is happening in the facility as one entire wall of the structure is glass.

We will post updates as we install the equipment and will include images of the process.  We hope the facility will provide just the environment required to keep Rhinoderma happy and healthy.  Right off the bat we would like to thank the folks at ZooMed for their outstanding assistance and support of this project.  Linda Reed and the Bagnall family graciously allowed us to use the ZooMed facility in California as a staging area for our equipment before it was shipped to Valparaiso, Chile.  Not surprisingly, our new facility in Santiago, Chile, is stocked with ZooMed equipment and terrariums, which are also used in the “frog pod” at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.  We’d like to thank our project supporters in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums CEF program, the Shared Earth Foundation, the Chicago Board of Trade, the George and Marry Rabb Foundation, and the Sophie Danforth Conservation Biology Fund.  Please stay tuned for more posts!

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