The El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC) was constructed in 2007 under the leadership of Edgardo Griffth and Heidi Ross who had been rescuing frogs in the area since 2006 as chytridiomycosis swept through the region wiping out frogs as it spread. The couple had been maintaining endangered frogs in hotel rooms at the hotel Campestre while a consortium of zoo partners led by the Houston Zoo helped raise funding and formed a partnership with the ElNispero Zoo who provided a home for the new facility.
The Gamboa Amphibian Rescue Center (Gamboa ARC) establishing a second ex-situ facility to compliment EVACC was the first priority of the newly formed Panama Amphibian Rescue Project in 2008. The first frogs were housed in modified shipping containers or amphibian rescue pods at the Summit Municipal Park and will be moved to the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute field station in Gamboa. The new rescue facility consists of two phases, Phase one will establish 7 shipping containers to house amphibians and food production space, while phase 2 is an amphibian research laboratory that will act as a base for researchers wishing to use captive-bred ex-situ collection for conservation and research purposes.