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New Signs in the Salamander Annex!

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Fresh from the Garden's design team, we have 8 new informative signs hanging in the Fuqua Conservatory lobby near our new 'Salamanders of Georgia' exhibit.

Our new 'Salamanders of Georgia' exhibit (also with brand new signs)
The signs highlight specific conservation efforts of the Department of Research and Conservation here at the Garden, as well as provide natural history information and home ranges for many of the amphibian species we are working with.

The view from the lobby into the salamander annex

The Panama exhibit

Notes from the Field: Dante in Chile

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"The big news is that we have our first captive born and bred Darwin's Frogs.  An image of a baby at the tip of a gloved human fingertip is attached.  Males store the developing larvae in their vocal sac and "spit out" fully developed baby frogs.  There are only two species on Earth that do this...both Darwin's Frogs.


The program has been given permission to collect frogs from some private parks and will soon have breeding groups in their facility from several additional localities.  We are also targeting populations that have shown signs of decline or are in imminent threat from deforestation.
The large sculpture of a Darwin's Frog was commissioned by a Chilean artist.  The sculpture is placed next to the breeding facility at the zoo to draw in visitors and get them to read the graphics about the conservation initiative, which were designed by one of our amphibian specialists"
— Danté Fenolio, PhD. Amphibian Research Scientist