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Herpetologists managed to nurse 12 of them back to health. And … Water frogs are semi-aquatic or entirely aquatic, making them very sensitive to … Fourteen Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were airlifted to the zoo in 2019 after they were found in a muddy puddle, all that was left of their habitat in Chile's Atacama desert. But until they have a safe home to go to, they will remain in the protection of the zoo. If you value this objective and impact-driven journalism, please consider becoming a sustaining member. The frogs caught a ride in the cockpit of a commercial flight from their dwindling habitat in Chile’s driest desert to the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. In general, Titicaca water frogs prefer a mixed bottom; either a muddy or sandy bottom with some rocks, or with plenty of aquatic plants and some rocks. It’s the first time that these particular species [has] reproduced in an ex situ condition,” Montalba said. In 2019, that stream had dried into little more than a mud puddle. Many water frogs are microendemic, meaning that their habitat is found in one small location. We depend on support from users like you. Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. What happens to your body in extreme heat? The Loa water frog was once found only in a single stream in Chile, and experts estimate that there may be between just 5 and 8 individuals still alive in the wild. Liz Kimbrough is a staff writer for Mongabay. That is where the team at Chile's National Zoo has received some help from their colleagues at Bolivia's Museum of Natural History "Alcide d'Orbigny" in Cochabamba. Find her on Twitter @lizkimbrough. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. Mongabay is a U.S.-based non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform. Earlier this month, the frogs successfully mated. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs produced 200 offspring in Santiago zoo. Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. The land that includes the muddy pool where the frogs were found, for example, was recently sold to a real estate developer. hbspt.cta.load(5981609, '8f4c6e6c-f5b2-40c0-926e-1af2470257f3', {}); Mongabay is a reader-supported conservation and environmental science news service. Zoo Director Alejandra Montalba praised the team which looks after the frogs - and now their 200 offspring as well - for their meticulous work. A 'lost baby' in a battle over love and religion, .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playHundred-year-old whisky bottles found in house walls. 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In late October this year, after more than a year of meticulous care, they have produced 200 tadpoles. Many of these species, like the Loa water frog, are microendemic, which means they live in just one small place. 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Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) are considered critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, and last week, Chilean conservationists and government officials rescued what may be the last 14 of their kind. But years of illegal water extraction for nearby copper mining choked and dessicated the waterway, squeezing the Loa water frogs that managed to survive into a puddle roughly the size of a small bedroom. Desperate to find a mate for "Romeo", a Sehuencas water frog which was believed to be the last of his species, the team at Alcide d'Orbigny gained worldwide publicity for their search when they placed a dating ad for Romeo. Fourteen Loa water frogs were taken to Santiago zoo in 2019 Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs produced 200 offspring in Santiago zoo. They are found only in 1 location, Las Cascadas along the Loa River. Fourteen Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were airlifted to the zoo in 2019 after they were found in a muddy puddle, all that was left of their habitat in Chile's Atacama desert. The Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Bolivia, where the star-crossed lovers live, recently released a letter of encouragement from Romeo to the Loa water frogs in Chile. Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs … For more information, visit Mongabay.com. 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Quiz of the Year, part one: Can you even remember January? Now, after more than a year of meticulous care, they have produced 200 tadpoles. Last year in 2010,… Continue reading Last Known Loa Water Frogs Reproduce! .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. Because they require such specific conditions for survival, they are especially vulnerable to threats from development, drought, pollution and disease. Antarctic ice melt related to tropical weather shifts: Study, Tropical forests can take the heat, study finds. The Loa water frog is considered critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and was once found only in a single stream in Chile. They can comfortably perch on a human finger, as they rarely grow longer than two inches. Considered critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Loa water frog is thought to live only in one stream in Calama, Chile. The Loa water frog is considered critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM and was once found only in a single stream in Chile. Loa frogs, or Telmatobius dankoi, are brownish and quite small. The Loa Water Frog (Telmatobius dankoi) is a critically endangered frog from Chile. I know you'd much rather be snuggling up in your own stream, eating the wild snails and earthworms of your choice. “Humans got us into this mess,” the letter says, “but since your human friends at the zoo are like mine at the museum and all over the world, you’ll know that so many of them are committed to fixing this mess. Last year, a letter "from the desk of Romeo" offered some encouraging words to the Loa water frogs: "I know you're far from home. 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Many of these species, like the Loa water frog, are microendemic, which means they live in just one small place. Fast,” Alejandra Montalba, director of the National Zoo of Chile, told Mongabay. “The story of the Loa water frogs is a cautionary tale,” Don Church, president of Global Wildlife Conservation, said in a statement, “one that should spur us to action for all other water frog species before they also potentially decline to only a few individuals left.”. They both spent years studying the Loa water frogs. Staff at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago nursed 12 of the amphibians back to health and helped them produce 200 eggs. All Loa water frogs shared their home in a single stream in the Atacama desert, but most of their limited water supply has been extracted for nearby mining, agriculture, and real estate development. A team of conservationists and Indigenous leaders retrieved 14 malnourished Loa water frogs in Northern Chile. Gabriel Lobos, who with Andrés Charrier has spent years studying the Loa water frogs, told local media that the challenge now was to restore the frogs' habitat to allow their return to the wild. A study that surveyed depths from the shore to 7 m (23 ft) near Isla del Sol found that adults were most common at 1.5–3 m (5–10 ft). So for all of these reasons, don’t give up!”. known to science living Argentina, Bolivia. Mining and human settlements have degraded their natural habitat. “Everything that we are getting now it’s new for science. The threats to the Loa water frog are common throughout northern Chile, where water is a scarce resource, drought has been unrelenting, and additional pressure comes from multiple human sources. © 2020 BBC. After the care and feeding is successfully determined, the final step is reintroducing the species back into its native habitat. Nearly 200 Loa water frog (Telmatobius dankoi) tadpoles hatched Tuesday, Oct. 20, at the National Zoo of Chile, a little more than a year after a team of conservationists and government officials in Chile swiftly evacuated the last-known 14 frogs from perilously dry habitat and brought them to the zoo.“The zoo’s specialists not only nursed the animals … The critically endangered frogs normally live in a river near the city of Calama but as the city developed the water became polluted and dried up. At the beginning, we didn’t know if the eggs were fertile or not, but we noticed right away that these eggs turn into larvae very fast. Download photos and video. Many are endangered or threatened and all are considered microendemic, meaning they live in only one small location such as a particular stream or lake. The river had dried up to illegal extraction of water for mining, agriculture, and urban development. Now, after more than a year of meticulous care, they have produced 200 tadpoles. Because water frogs … “Ultimately we need to work very hard to restore their environment because it’s pointless to breed them if they don’t have a home to go back to in the wild,” Montalba said in a statement. And in case words were not enough, a Spotify account under Romeo's name also offered an uplifting playlist for the Loa water frogs including titles such as Al Greens' "Take Me to the River", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) and Elton John's "I'm Still Standing". Read about our approach to external linking. Fourteen Loa water frogs were taken to Santiago zoo in 2019. Photo by the Metropolitan Park of Santiago Parquemet. There are at least 63 known species of water frogs, or Telmatobius species, found from Ecuador to Chile, including in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Chile, Ecuador and Peru. 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