A UK breeding program has successfully reproduced a species of cinnamon-colored frogs that were previously considered to be in danger.

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A type of frog facing a critical situation due to a contagious illness has been successfully reproduced at a nature reserve in Oxfordshire.

The Cotswold wildlife park in Burford has successfully bred the cinnamon frog, which is considered near-threatened. This is the second time in four years that this zoological collection has achieved this accomplishment, making it one of only two in Europe to do so.

The froglets have been named after various spices such as paprika, cayenne, saffron, chipotle, and chilli by reptile enthusiasts. They are currently being cared for in a specialized room for breeding amphibians.

Jamie Craig, the general manager of Cotswold Wildlife Park, expressed concern about the species’ precarious situation caused by the chytrid fungus, a contagious disease affecting frogs.

He stated that the reptile team has been diligently working to refine breeding methods in the Amphibian Room.

Numerous types of frogs possess highly precise needs, and it is a testament to their diligence that they have successfully replicated our prior achievement with the cinnamon frogs.

Given the dangerous condition of numerous amphibian species globally caused by the Chytrid fungus, any knowledge acquired from captive populations could potentially serve as valuable resources for the preservation of these intriguing animals.

Cinnamon frogs.

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According to the wildlife park, only five other zoos in Europe are home to this species, with one of them successfully breeding the frogs within the past year.

These animals are called amphibians and are recognized for their unique reddish-brown appearance, resembling cinnamon, with black and white spots scattered throughout their bodies. They can be found in various regions of Southeast Asia, such as Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sumatra.

The cinnamon frog is also known for its unique call, which was described by reptile keeper Megan Howard as “delicate, beautiful and unusual” after filming the wildlife park’s new froglets calling to each other.

Every year on April 28th, people participate in a global effort called Save The Frogs Day to bring attention to the decreasing population of frogs and to work towards preventing their extinction.

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In December of 2018, a fire at Chester Zoo resulted in the death of several animals, including cinnamon frogs and tentacled snakes.

The zoo’s visitors were evacuated and the keepers successfully relocated all of the zoo’s mammal species, including a group of critically endangered Sumatran orangutans, Sulawesi macaques, and endangered silvery gibbons. They also moved birds, such as rhinoceros hornbills, to safety.

In October, The Guardian published a study revealing that certain frogs respond to unwanted male attention by pretending to be dead.

Scientists in Berlin discovered new information about the European common frog, revealing that female frogs may not just tolerate the male competition for mates. This can result in multiple males clinging onto one female, which can sometimes have fatal consequences.

Source: theguardian.com

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