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Amphibian Volunteer Outing - Behind the Scenes at Zoo Atlanta!

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Last week, I took the amazing volunteers in the amphibian conservation program to Zoo Atlanta, where Robert Hill (former Garden amphibian staff) gave us all an incredible behind-the-scenes tour of the reptile house. It was fantastic!



Recent research on chytrid fungus: Crayfish can also be vectors

Rabb's Fringe-limbed tree frog to be featured in National Geographic

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This week Joel Sartore, photographer for National Geographic, was in the Garden's frogPOD photographing Rabb's Fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum). Last year, amphibian biologists concluded that this Panamanian frog is likely to be extinct in the wild, leaving the male in our collection as the last known animal on earth.

A profile of the frog will be featured in an upcoming issue of National Geographic magazine. We will keep you posted!

The Rabb's Fringe-limbed tree frog (and all the frogs in the Garden's frogPOD) was collected from Panama in 2005 ahead of the arrival of the 'amphibian chytrid' fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis  which has devastated frog populations worldwide. Currently, frogs in the POD are from the original collection in Panama or are descended from these frogs. After the collection, the fungus arrived and dramatically reduced the amphibian population of the region.

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Some really nice feedback on our Saturday morning frog feedings: Atlanta Culinary Tours!

Long awaited success with Fringed leaf frogs!

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In a long-term collaboration with @Mark Pepper and Understory Enterprises, the amphibian team at the Atlanta Botanical Garden has bred the Amazonian Fringe-limbed Leaf Frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus). I’m proud of my amphibian team for sticking with this project through countless difficult twists and turns. Nice to get results! - Dante Fenolio