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Leslie Canyon NWR Partners with the Southwestern Research Station for Chiricahua Leopard Frog Recovery
Southwest Region, December 1, 2009
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Chiricahua Leopard Frog.  Photo by William R. Radke, taken 2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise Co., AZ
Chiricahua Leopard Frog. Photo by William R. Radke, taken 2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise Co., AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

The Southwestern Research Station, established by the American Museum of Natural History, and Leslie Canyon NWR are partnering in the recovery of the Chiricahua leopard frog.  The SWRS has a facility to hold the tadpoles for this endangered species until they can be reintroduced into new habitats in the Chiricahua Mountains as they become available.  The tadpoles that are being used in this effort came from Leslie Canyon NWR and were chosen because of the higher elevation and cooler temperatures of the canyon.  It is believed that these tadpoles will have the best chance to survive in the waters found in the Chiricahua Mountains.  The SWRS has future plans of constructing a breeding facility at the station to reduce the need to pull from existing populations.


Contact Info: Christopher Lohrengel, 520-364-2104 x.106, chris_lohrengel@fws.gov



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