Rare amphibians born at Newquay Zoo
Published: 5th Apr 2016Critically endangered lemur leaf frogs, endangered Lao newts and critically endangered luristan newts are bred at the zoo.
Three species of extremely rare amphibians have been born in captivity at Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, it was announced today by Gareth O’Dare, senior Tropical House Keeper
The IUCN Red List classifies the Lemur Leaf Frog as critically endangered and as part of its conservation breeding programme, Newquay Zoo successfully bred twenty one of the species in addition to approximately seventy endangered Lao Newts and twenty six critically endangered Luristan Newts.
Newquay Zoo is the only zoo in Europe to have successfully bred the Lao Newts in captivity.
Gareth said of the new rare reptile additions: “It is an extraordinary achievement to have bred these three different endangered species in captivity and it is a great testament to our critical conservation programme that will allow these species to flourish.”
Described by Sir David Attenborough as “one of the world’s most unusual and rarest amphibians”. The Lemur Leaf Frog, Agalychnis Lemur, is a Critically Endangered phyllomedusine frog from Central America where populations have declined severely in recent years, due at least in part to the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
The new additions to the reptile collection at The Zoo will go on display within the next six months as The Tropical House is currently being refurbished to accommodate additional amphibian exhibits.
Newquay Zoo is a richly rewarding visitor attraction, based on the key principles of animal conservation and education that allows visitors to get a get closer animal experience.
The Zoo is an education, research and conservation charity dedicated to protecting global wildlife heritage and is owned by Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (WWCT), a Devon based charity which also owns Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay, as well as a number of nature reserves.