Chiricahua Leopard Frog
Life History




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Breeding Pair of Houston Toads Captive rearing facilities, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson. Credit: Jim Rorabaugh/USFWS
The recovery strategy has 7 primary elements:
  1. reducing threats to existing populations;
  2. maintaining, restoring, and creating habitat that will be managed in the long-term;
  3. translocating frogs to establish, reestablish, or augment populations;
  4. building support for the recovery effort through outreach and education;
  5. monitoring of populations and implementation of the recovery plan;
  6. research to provide effective conservation and recovery;
  7. and application of research and monitoring through adaptive management.
A key recovery criterion is the establishment of two metapopulations in different drainages and one isolated robust population in each of the 8 recovery units throughout the range of the frog. 

Consistent with our mission, the Fish and Wildlife Service depends highly on our recovery partners to accomplish recovery projects on the ground.  These partners include the Arizona Game and Fish Department; New Mexico Department of Game and Fish; Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Coronado, Gila, and Tonto  National Forests; the Bureau of Land Management; University of Arizona; Western New Mexico University; The Nature Conservancy; Sky Island Alliance; Malpai Borderlands Group; the Ladder Ranch; Burro Cienaga Ranch; Chino Mines; Naturalia; The Phoenix Zoo; Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum; Fort Worth Zoo; tribal entities, many private citizens; and other interested parties.  Regional recovery priorities are discussed and set by three Stakeholders Groups (West-Central New Mexico, Mogollon Rim – Arizona, and Southeastern Arizona/Southwestern New Mexico) and the Technical Team of the Recovery Team.  There are also local working groups in several areas that implement recovery actions in specific management areas within recovery units. 

Recent recovery accomplishments are detailed in the “Recovery Updates” for each of the three Stakeholder Groups and are found on the Arizona Field Office's Chiricahua Leopard Frog Recovery Plan website on the Documents and Announcements. View the Recovery Plan (7MB pdf) in it's entirety.


Last updated: October 22, 2008