Working to Save Critically Endangered Panamanian Golden Frogs
Since the early 2000s, the Maryland Zoo has established itself as an international leader in the breeding and care of the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog. At the Zoo’s Panamanian Golden Frog Conservation Center, we continue to breed these frogs successfully while also pursuing research to advance their husbandry and veterinary care in North American zoos and at the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC), our partner institution in Panama. This research is adding to the collective knowledge of the species and paving the way for future reintroductions of Panamanian golden frogs into the wild. Zoo staff members also travel yearly to Panama to help in the construction and maintenance of EVACC, including plans for future reintroductions of the species back to its native habitat. The critically endangered species has not been sighted in its native range since 2009, making the Zoo’s conservation efforts all the more crucial to its ultimate survival.