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Mr Lobos had said last year that one of the problems of conservation efforts for the Loa water frog was getting attention for the species. Malnourished and dry in their changing habitat, they have been relocated to the National Zoo of Chile. "They had to replicate the exact conditions of the water... to keep them alive," she said. 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. The Loa water frogs, a tiny and beguiling dark-spotted amphibian also known as Telmatobius dankoi, mated between Oct. 11 and 12. known to science living Argentina, Bolivia. Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. 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. 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 (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 team noticed reproductive conditions in the frogs, such as changes in the skin of males and the weight of females, and in late October 2020, the frogs laid eggs. It’s the first time that these particular species [has] reproduced in an ex situ condition,” Montalba said. The Loa water frogs, a tiny and beguiling dark-spotted amphibian also known as Telmatobius dankoi, mated between Oct. 11 and 12. 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Santiago: When Chilean scientists last year discovered 14 Loa water frogs struggling to survive in a nearly dry river bed in the country’s northern desert, the clock began ticking. Once the frogs reached the zoo, experts there faced the challenge of recreating the water environment of their home stream and figuring out what to feed them. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. “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.”. Read about our approach to external linking. “The zoo’s specialists not only nursed the animals back to health after they were discovered malnourished and near-death in the wild last year, but they have now succeeded in breeding a new generation of a species that has very nearly vanished,” Lina Valencia, Global Wildlife Conservation’s Andes conservation officer, said in a statement. Mining and human settlements have degraded their natural habitat. Every day, Mongabay reporters bring you news from nature’s frontline. In late October this year, after more than a year of meticulous care, they have produced 200 tadpoles. Mongabay is a U.S.-based non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform. Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Last year in 2010,… Continue reading Last Known Loa Water Frogs Reproduce! Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. Right photo by the Ministry of Housing and Urbanism of Chile) After the care and feeding is successfully determined, the final step is reintroducing the species back into its native habitat. 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The Loa water frogs, a tiny and beguiling dark-spotted amphibian also known as Telmatobius dankoi, mated between Oct 11 and Oct 12. 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Our EIN or tax ID is 45-3714703. (Left photo by Claudio Soto Azat. The Loa frogs are the last of their species, but there are 63 other species of water frogs (Telmatobius spp.) “So we’re very happy, learning again, trying to discover what these tadpoles need … the food that they need and the nutritional requirements … but it’s a challenge.”. 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. 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. In 2019, the last known 14 Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were evacuated from a swiftly vanishing stream in northern Chile. Photo by the Metropolitan Park of Santiago Parquemet. Our biweekly podcast delivering news & inspiration from nature’s frontline. In 2019, that stream had dried into little more than a mud puddle. Fourteen Loa water frogs were taken to Santiago zoo in 2019. © 2020 BBC. Fast,” Alejandra Montalba, director of the National Zoo of Chile, told Mongabay. While the zoo has successfully bred the species, the next step is to determine how to care and feed the tadpoles. But until they have a safe home to go to, they will remain in the protection of the zoo. Does Biden's new team better reflect America? 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. The entire population of one of Chile's rarest frogs once lived quite happily—whatever happiness might look like for a frog—in a single stream. 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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. Liz Kimbrough is a staff writer for Mongabay. “We put two couples together, and we got about 200 eggs. The 14 specimens left in a muddy puddle were dehydrated and malnourished and with their habitat threatened by illegal water extraction for mining, agriculture and real estate development, the decision was taken to transfer them 1,500km to the south to Chile's National Zoo in the capital, Santiago. Herpetologists managed to nurse 12 of them back to health. 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. Because they require such specific conditions for survival, they are especially vulnerable to threats from development, drought, pollution and disease. So do its elephants, Activists in Malaysia call on road planners to learn the lessons of history, Road-paving project threatens a wildlife-rich reserve in Indonesia’s Papua. The land that includes the muddy pool where the frogs were found, for example, was recently sold to a real estate developer. 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. Earlier this month, the frogs successfully mated. 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. Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs produced 200 offspring in Santiago zoo. 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 look, there are lots of reasons to be hopeful, there are 14 of you.". 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. “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. The two are now living together, and the hopes of their species hinge on their successful romance. Staff at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago nursed 12 of the amphibians back to health and helped them produce 200 eggs. They are found only in 1 location, Las Cascadas along the Loa River. Charrier was assisted by Gabriel Lobos. 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