Our frog conservation team in pod #6 Jorge Guerrel, Dr. Roberto Ibáñez, Dr. Della Garelle, Angie Estrada and Dr. Brian Gratwicke happy to see the product of years of hard work.
Matt Evans, Angie Estrada and Rigoberto Díaz moving frogs out of the quarantine room at Summit Municipal Park
Amphibian rescue pods at the Gamboa ARC
Our awesome volunteers Dr. Myra Hughey and Dr. Justin Touchon literally doing some heavy lifting for conservation.
Nair Cabezón, helps get cages cleaned for the move.
Veterinarian Dr. Della Garelle from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo moves frogs into their new digs!
Lanki Cheucarama inspecting the fruit-fly cultures.
Captive-bred Atelopus limosus getting settled into their new tanks at the Gamboa ARC
Atelopus certus checking out her new digs in pod#6
November was the culmination of a year of incredibly hard work for us in Panama. We finally moved into our beautiful our beautiful new frog conservation facility in Gamboa. Maersk Line generously donated 7 shipping containers that that once ferried ice cream and frozen vegetables around the world, but they now house a most precious collection of endangered Panamanian frogs. The new Gamboa ARC (Amphibian Rescue Center) is an incredible leap forward enabling us to more effectively tackle the amphibian conservation crisis in Panama.
We are incredibly grateful to the Summit Municipal Park, who have been our generous hosts for the first 4 years of our project, and to our project partners Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Houston Zoo, Zoo New England, the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. We have relied intensively on each other for help over the last 4 years and it has truly been a team effort! Generous grants from USAID and Minera Panama were the primary source of funds used for the construction of phase I and thanks to them, we now have a world class amphibian conservation facility. We have essential back-up systems such as an emergency generator power, and backup air-conditioning so that frogs can be kept in simulated tropical montane forest environments, even in the event of a power failure. We are now getting ready to break ground on phase II, a new NSF-funded amphibian research lab, quarantine and office building that will be the hub of our new research facility for the conservation of endangered Panamanian amphibians.