Atlanta Botanical Garden frogPOD
More than a third of all known amphibians are threatened with extinction, and breeding frogs in conservation collections is an important tool for preserving them. The Garden’s frogPOD is a state of the art laboratory that opened in 2008.
It is a shipping container modified to contain the tanks and systems necessary for raising and researching rare frogs. This type of laboratory has a small foot print and is much less expensive to make than a conventional building. PODs like this one can be created and sent anywhere in the world where frogs are declining in their natural habitats.
Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Treefrog
The Rabbs' Fringed-limbed Treefrog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) is believed to be extinct in the wild due to the chytrid fungus, the pathogen responsible for eliminating 75-85% of the amphibians from the region of Panama where E. rabborum once lived.
The species made the news last year when Zoo Atlanta's remaining frog died, leaving the one in the Garden collection as the last known Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Treefrog in existence. This frog is safe in the biosecure frogPOD (not on display).
National Geographic featured E. rabborum in the July 2013 issue, highlighting the Garden's amphibian program.
Wild Status: Extinct
Horned Marsupial Frog
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has worked with this species since 2005. Frogs are bred onsite in the Garden’s frogPOD. Females keep their eggs in a special pouch on their back through development. Small fully formed frogs emerge from the pouch in approximately 80 days.
Wild Status: Endangered and Declining
The Atlanta Botanical Garden has researched Darwin’s Frogs in Chile since 2007 and has collaborated with the National Zoo of Chile to establish a captive breeding center in Santiago. A male Darwin’s Frog keeps developing tadpoles inside of its vocal sac. When completely developed, the adult male “coughs up” fully formed froglets.
Wild Status: Declining
Carolina Gopher Frog
Carolina Gopher Frogs are native to the Longleaf pine sandhill ecosystems of the southeastern United States and earn their common name through their habit of living inside of Gopher Tortoise burrows. The Garden has been raising and releasing Gopher Frogs into protected habitats since 2006.
Wild Status: Declining