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Very proud of how our #Amphibian Research and Conservation Center (AKA #MetamorphosisMeadow) is shaping up!⁠

Through a grant from Memphis Zoo, we have expanded to 33 artificial wetlands for breeding and head-starting imperiled amphibians.⁠ ⁠ In the next week or two, we will be adding Gopher Frog tadpoles!
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New from AF —

𝐆𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐠⁣⁠ 𝘙𝘢𝘯𝘢 𝘤𝘢𝘱𝘪𝘵𝘰⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ A couple of Gopher Frogs peeking out of their artificial burrow in one of our captive breeding mesocosms at AF.⁠ ⁠ #AmphibiousAF via Instagram

New from AF —

We are developing a very exciting line-up and curriculum for the inaugural course of Master Herpetologists!⁠ ⁠ This is going to be a lot of fun, and 100% online. Still openings, but space is limited.⁠ ⁠⁠ ⁠ #AmphibiousAF via Instagram

New from AF —

𝗪𝐡𝐢𝐭𝐞-𝐬𝐩𝐨𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐆𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬 𝐅𝐫𝐨𝐠⁠ 𝘚𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘵𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘢 𝘢𝘭𝘣𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘵𝘢⁠ ⁠ This adorable #GlassFrog chillin in the #Rainchamber this morning. These are listed as Least Concern by IUCN.⁠ ⁠ ⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ .⁠ #Frog #Frogs #Frogger #Froggy #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogLife #Crypsis #AmphibiousAF #AmphibianFound #FrogsNeedOurHelp via Instagram

Memphis Zoo & Amphibian Foundation: Working Together to Conserve Georgia's Rarest Frog, the Gopher Frog

In 2019, the Memphis Zoo and the Amphibian Foundation began collaborating on a project to further conserve the Gopher Frog, Rana (Lithobates) capito, through a Memphis Zoo Conservation Action Network (CAN) Grant. The grant was aimed at supporting the expansion of both the in situ and ex situ research initiatives developing at the Amphibian Foundation, and we are extremely grateful for the zoo's support in this project.

In situ Goals

Amphibian Foundation staff serve on the Gopher Frog Task Team, which is an ad hoc interstate group of agencies and institutions dedicated to conserving this imperiled species throughout its range. The team targets populations in need of conservation and augmentation, as well as identifying areas in need of restoration to support wild populations of the species. We are happy for the opportunity to contribute in this talented and passionate group.

In a task team meeting, we identified Alligator Creek Wildlife Management Area (ACWMA) as a survey site for t…

2020 Status Update: Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders (Atlantic clade)

We can once again confirm that the Frosted Flatwoods Salamander,Ambystoma cingulatum, is not extinct in Georgia, though we did not find many (yet) in our surveys of the last known population of the species on the East Coast — Fort Stewart Army Base, Liberty County, GA. For some background on the species status and conservation efforts, see previous blog articles on the topic here.

Study Shows Common Mosquito Repellent Kills Salamanders (a mosquito predator)

Read the article here, and the published research from the Royal Society here.

Another view of '#MetamorphosisMeadow'

Our outdoor captive propagation facility. 33 mesocosms (artificial and experimentally controllable wetlands) help us to breed and rear imperiled native amphibian species like Flatwoods Salamanders, Striped Newts, and Gopher Frogs⁠ ⁠ ... plus many others⁠ ⁠