The year has only just begun and fieldwork has already been booming! From African penguins to tiny Panamanian golden frogs, check out some of the projects we have worked on so far this year.

Trips in 2023 thus far include:

  • Panamanian golden frog conservation in Panama
  • African penguin conservation in South Africa & Namibia

Panamanian Golden Frog Conservation in Panama

In February, Zoo staff members Kat and Autumn traveled to Panama to assist our partners at EVACC Foundation. Not only did they use their technical expertise to help care for EVACC’s collection of critically endangered Panamanian golden frogs, our team also used their interpersonal skills to educate and welcome guests from all over the world to the Golden Frog Sanctuary and Square Trees Trail.

Kat & Autumn in front of the EVACC golden frog sanctuary

Kat opens the gate to the Square Trees Trail

Kat & Autumn with EVACC staff members

African Penguin Conservation in South Africa

There’s nothing more exciting than a successful release back into the wild! Zoo staff, vet tech Jenny and penguin keeper Jade, traveled to South Africa in January to assist our partners at SANCCOB. They cared for African penguins and other seabirds, and even took part in SANCCOB’s first rehabilitation release following avian flu restrictions—a significant moment for this critically endangered species!