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Amphibian Breeding Successes

Ambystoma bishopi

Efforts to breed critically endangered amphibians are a key focus in the Department of Conservation and Research at the San Antonio Zoo. The Reticulated Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma bishopi, is a focal species with collaborators that include the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Virginia Tech, and Eglin Airforce Base. This project has focused on developing protocols to collect eggs from the wild, hatch them, rear the larvae through metamorphosos and to adulthood, and to breed the species in captivity.

Developing husbandry and breeding protocols for Georgia Blind Salamanders, Eurycea wallacei, and for Dougherty Plain Cave Crayfish, Cambarus cryptodytes, has also been a key project.

Eurycea wallacei

Cambarus cryptodytes

The amphibian conservation work in Chile remains a central project wherein captive work with the "False Toads," Telmatobufo, and the Mehuín Green Frog, Insuetophrynus acarpicus, are now key projects. Newer projects include development of husbandry and breeding protocols for a host of Central American Bolitoglossine salamanders.

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