09/17 ~ Annual Release of Critically Endangered Species to the Wild
Date: September 17, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ANNUAL RELEASE OF CRITICALLY ENDANGERED SPECIES TO THE WILD
Aldergrove – The Greater Vancouver Zoo will be releasing several hundred endangered Oregon Spotted Frogs (OSF) back to their home range this week.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been a member of the OSF recovery team for the last 9 years. The zoo provides a “headstart” program that involves removing egg masses from the wild and raising the frogs in captivity until they are large enough to be released. This program insures a much higher survival rate than the embryos, tadpoles and small frogs would see in the wild.
The Oregon Spotted Frog has been reduced to a few limited sites in British Columbia and may be on the brink of extinction. The threats to this frog species are: introduced predators such as bullfrogs, disease such chytrid fungus, and habitat loss due to draining of wetlands for agriculture.
For more information on the Oregon Spotted Frog and how the Zoo is involved visit the conservation section of our website at: http://www.gvzoo.com/node/136.
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