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Mississippi Gopher Frog
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been working with the U.S. Forest Service since 1988 to protect the last remaining Mississippi gopher frog population. There is only one remaining population of the Mississippi gopher frog, which consists of approximately 100 adult frogs. The Service, in conjunction with gopher frog researchers, has developed a strategy to introduce egg masses into this pond and to determine if the eggs can successfully develop into juvenile frogs at the site.
Audubon Zoo has received two groups of Mississippi Gopher frog tadpoles from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service. The frogs are being held to provide back-up for the captive population numbers and for attempting natural reproduction for eventual release of tadpoles back into the wild. Mississippi Gopher Frogs are generally considered extinct in Louisiana and are an endangered species in Mississippi. Audubon Zoo is one of only four zoos maintaining this critically endangered amphibian.
In addition, Audubon Zoo has made financial contributions to aid in situ research and habitat protection.