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Discovery Park Ranarium Home to Chiricahua Leopard Frogs
Southwest Region, August 26, 2009
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Dave Hanson, Eastern Arizona College, August 26, 2009, Ranarium
Dave Hanson, Eastern Arizona College, August 26, 2009, Ranarium - Photo Credit: n/a
Abi King, Arizona Game and Fish Department, August 25, 2009, Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Abi King, Arizona Game and Fish Department, August 25, 2009, Chiricahua Leopard Frog - Photo Credit: n/a

On August 26, 2009, 26 threatened Chiricahua Leopard Frogs were released into Eastern Arizona College's Discovery Park new ranarium.  The ranarium was funded through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and required coordination and support from many agencies and individuals.  Over 200 community members, Eastern Arizona College and Thatcher High School biology students volunteered their time and efforts to help complete the project.  There were also two Eagle Scout projects that included the clearing of vegetation from the Park's perennial pond and the lining of the Ranarium with stream cobble.  Additionally, Arizona Game and Fish Department was involved with the capture and release of frogs into the ranarium.  Eastern Arizona College enrolled in Arizona Game and Fish's statewide Safe Harbor Agreement as well.  The ranarium will be a tremendous educational asset, informing visitors to Discovery Park about the threats endangered species face and to help students apply concepts they have learned in the classroom to a real world situation.


Contact Info: Nick Carrillo, (602) 242-0210x203, nick_carrillo@fws.gov



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