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Douglas High School to Receive Chiricahua Leopard Frog Eggs for Captive Breeding Program
Southwest Region, February 18, 2010
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Chiricahua leopard frog.  Photo by William Radke, 2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ
Chiricahua leopard frog. Photo by William Radke, 2007, Leslie Canyon NWR, Cochise County, AZ - Photo Credit: n/a

During the last steering committee meeting for the recovery of the Chiricahua leopard frog it was decided to provide leopard frog eggs to Douglas High School.  The high school has an outdoor rearing facility that was put in place several years ago specifically for this purpose.  In the past egg masses have come from the Magoffin Ranch in eastern Coaches County, but this time it was decided to bring egg masses from a tank located on the state line in the Pylon Mountains.  The decision was based on trying to bring more genetic diversity into the San Bernardino Valley, since the frogs will most likely be released on or near the Mao Ranch.  A member of the steering committee working on leopard frogs in the area will keep an eye out for egg masses in the tank and inform refuge staff when some are found.  The eggs will then be transferred to the high school.  In addition to this action, eggs are still planned to be collected from Leslie Canyon NWR and transferred to the rearing facility at the Southwestern Research Station in Portal, Arizona, where last year several tadpoles were transferred.


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



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