What the Edmonton Valley Zoo Is Doing
Without help, B.C.’s Rocky Mountain Leopard Frog population is on the verge of extinction - one as similar, and as tragic, to what Edmonton’s Western Boreal/Prairie Leopard Frog population experienced over 50 years ago.
We are members of the Northern Leopard Frog Recovery Team, working together to prevent the local extinction of the Rocky Mountain Leopard Frog. The Team is working to do this by:
- Establishing new self-sustaining populations of reintroduced northern leopard frogs at a minimum of 3 interconnected wetlands in British Columbia
- Conducting conservation research to improve captive breeding and reintroduction success
- Maintaining captive assurance populations at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, Wilder Institute/Calgary Zoo, and the Vancouver Aquarium as insurance against catastrophic extinction of the species in the wild
- Engaging and inspiring children and adults in northern leopard frog and wetland conservation
We joined the Recovery team in 2018 and are proud to be involved in one of only two captive breeding projects for Endangered amphibians currently active in Canada (the other for the Oregon spotted frog).
In 2022, with a quarantine and a temporary break in breeding at other partner facilities, the Edmonton Valley Zoo’s assurance population was the only population to return tadpoles back into the wild. Our tadpoles were a first ever release of zoo raised Rocky Mountain Northern Leopard Frog tadpoles into a new habitat area located near Kimberley, B.C.