Endangered frog breeding at LA Zoo!
May 20, 2011
The endangered mountain yellow-legged frog is breeding! At the Los Angeles Zoo, it has been announced that hundreds of frog eggs laid in March have become tadpoles as of April, according to the Associated Press. The zoo officials plan to release the 200 tadpoles into the San Jacinto Mountains this summer, where about 66 percent are expected to reach adulthood.
"We probably have more yellow-legged frog larvae in this room than exist in the wild," Ian Recchio, the reptiles and amphibians curator, told the news source.
In total, there are only about 200 of these yellow-legged frogs in Southern California, in the regions of San Bernardino, San Jacinto and San Gabriel.
There are about 1,400 endangered species across the United States, according to the New York Times. There are also 260 animal and plant species that are currently on the waiting list for protection under the Endangered Species Act.