Oakland Zoo Helps Breed Endangered Species

Sep 3, 2013 12:58 PM

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP)- A Northern California zoo has established a center to study and breed endangered amphibians, including the rare mountain yellow-legged frog.

The frog has been decimated by a skin fungus known as Chytrid that thickens their skin so they can't breathe.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the center at the Oakland Zoo (http://bit.ly/175Hidy) opened last week.

Scientists will send about a dozen frogs to the zoo, where they will live in tanks mimicking their mountainous terrain of granite rocks, clear water and bugs.

The hope is that the frogs start breeding after a few months of hibernating.


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