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The Colombia exhibit's renovation has inspired some new behaviors

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Recently, our 'Colombia's Terrible Trio' exhibit has had some remodeling. New plants, substrate and leaf litter has made the bold frogs even easier to view. These are some of the oldest frogs we have in our collection (besides our Horned frog which is over 30 now!) Some of these bright yellow frogs are close to 15 years old ... Since I have been here (about a year and a half) I have regularly seen the males calling, especially after their morning misting, but it seems their new 'digs' have inspired even more breeding behaviors, including egg deposition!

Several times now, I have seen pairs of both species of poison frogs courting in front of the large palm frond lying across the bottom of the enclosure. ... Come and see for yourself!

More great news from Chile!

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'To the Garden Community,
Our little project in Chile just hit another milestone, we have male Darwin’s Frogs “coughing up” babies as you read this.  This year had a bumper crop of baby Darwin’s Frogs born and bred in the lab that we established in Santiago, Chile.  I believe that this is a moment that the Garden can be very proud of.  Darwin’s Frogs, along with many of South Chile’s amphibians, are imperiled owing to a host of anthropogenic environmental problems.  Most certainly, the international media is paying attention.  The largest newspaper in Chile is at the facility now taking pictures and doing interviews for a story.  Next week, the facility will be featured on a mainstream TV channel in Chile.  The zoo in Santiago just elected to do a series of adds across TV and radio that will use our Darwin’s Frog conservation project as the “cornerstone” of their conservation efforts.  MSN News just interviewed me and produced this story:
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/0…

The Thin Green Line — PBS.org video on amphibian declines

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(with a segment featuring our ABG Amphibian Conservation Program and Robert Hill!)

Video: Full Episode