Frog ~ Oregon Spotted
The Oregon Spotted Frog is a small amphibian (usually 6 - 8 cm) that was once thought to exist in a substantial population from southwestern BC all the way south to California. Severe population declines have been cited as a result of human induced habitat loss and fragmentation. The introduced bullfrog is a major predator of this species and is also believed to contribute significantly to their decline.
The Greater Vancouver Zoo has been participating in the captive rearing program since 1999, which is when the frog became "critically endangered". Egg masses are collected from the wild, raised in a safe environment at the zoo and eventually released back to the wild upon reaching adulthood.