Sunday, March 10, 2013

Congrats Auckland Zoo!

Photo: Auckland Zoo.

Auckland Zoo recently announced a great achievement for native New Zealand frogs - they have successfully bred Archey's frogs in their captive breeding programme!

Read: Big leap forward in breeding of rare frog

If you have visited Te Manawa's frogs before, you might know that our frogs are not native frogs, but imports from Australia. Although we would much rather be displaying New Zealand's unique native frogs, they are highly endangered and - as Auckland Zoo and other captive institutions have found - very difficult to breed in captivity. Perhaps with Auckland's success, more institutions will be able to gain the skills necessary for keeping native frogs and ultimately help to start revitalising the population.

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