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Henry Vilas Zoo - Behind the Scenes 2005

In the herpetarium and discovery center of Madison, Wisconsin’s Henry Vilas Zoo there are multiple exhibits housing amphibians, but these are not the only ones at the zoo. Behind the scenes many rare and endangered frogs are kept and bred. In cooperation with Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the Henry Vilas Zoo has worked with over a dozen species of frogs from Panama whose wild populations have been wiped out by the infamous chytrid fungus. Multiple species have now been bred by these zoological institutions, and although this does not ensure the species survival in the wild, it does make certain that their genetic lineage will at least exist in captivity. Below are photographs of some of these frogs along with other amphibians kept behind the scenes at the Henry Vilas Zoo. Contact me at devin@amphibiancare.com before using any of these photographs.


Part of the
frog room

Terrariums housing
frogs from Panama

Notice the PVC connected to the drains of each terrarium

Plants, tadpoles,
and juvenile frogs

Anotheca spinosa
from Panama

A. spinosa

A. spinosa

A terrarium housing
Anotheca spinosa

Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra
from Panama

Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra

Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra

Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra

Ecnomiohyla fimbrimembra

Juvenile E. fimbrimembra

Hyloscirtus palmeri

Hyloscirtus palmeri

Hyloscirtus palmeri

Gastrotheca cornuta
A marsupial frog from Panama

Cochranella granulosa

Hyalinobatrachium valerioi
another Panamanian glass frog

Cochranella euknemos

Cochranella euknemos
from Panama

Cochranella euknemos

Centrolene ilex

Centrolene ilex

Centrolene ilex

Centrolene ilex

Colostethus pratti

Colostethus pratti

Ranitomeya minuta

Ranitomeya minuta

Ranitomeya minuta

Ranitomeya minuta

Dendrobates tinctorius
'Sipaliwini'

Dendrobates tinctorius
'Sipaliwini'

Cruziohyla calcarifer

Cruziohyla calcarifer

Eleutherodactylus punctariolus

Eleutherodactylus punctariolus

Eleutherodactylus caryophyllaceus

Newly morphed
Eleutherodactylus talamancae

Eleutherodactylus talamancae
bred at the zoo!

Eleutherodactylus talamancae

Eleutherodactylus talamancae

Eleutherodactylus talamancae

Eleutherodactylus talamancae

Eleutherodactylus bufoniformis

Eleutherodactylus pardalis

Eleutherodactylus pardalis

Rana warszewitschii
from Panama

Large rain chamber

A rain bar made from PVC

Another shot of the rain bar

Dendropsophus ebreccatus
have bred in here

One more of the rain chamber

Atelopus zeteki eggs

Hylomantis lemur eggs

Hylomantis lemur eggs

Hylomantis lemur eggs