The mountain yellow-legged frog currently numbers just around hundred, making it a strong case of extinction-ready species. In a bid to halt the complete wipe out of the amphibian species, the James San Jacinto Mountains Reserve saw the creatures being let to roam around in their terrain by the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research last week.
The population of these amphibians declined so much in 1990’s that by 2003, the frog population crumbled to about 200. Once they were lavishly seen along waterways in San Gabriel, San Bernardino and the San Jacinto mountains.
The San Diego Institute for Conservation Research reports that approximately 33 percent of the world’s amphibians are threatened by possible extinction. Frank Santana, a research coordinator of the Institute says, this is the first time that these frogs are re-released into its natural habitat.
He attributed the declining population to human-driven development habitat loss, logging, increasing wild fires, drought, non native predators and emerging disease along with the delicate nature of amphibians.
The Institute has been co-working with multiple Federal agencies since 2006 to develop and maintain a recovery program for the mountain yellow legged frog in Southern California.
The captive breeding recovery program they have initiated hopes to develop standard operating procedures for the reintroduction of frogs across the stages of its lifecycle.
The Institute had a year ago stumbled upon four female mountain yellow-legged frogs that laid a large clutch of eggs, giving birth to 500 tadpoles. These tadpoles after having grown into adult frogs were released into the wild.
Let’s hope the effort would help the creatures live in.