We recently delivered another 1000 juvenile gopher frogs to the introduciton site in Early County, GA. Earlier in the year, our
colleague John Jensen made an awesome discovery at the
introduction site. For those that
don't know, Gopher frogs are rare and declining, and our lab in
collaboration with Robert Hill and Joe Mendelson at Zoo Atlanta, Dante Fenolio and Mark Mandica at Atlanta Botanical Garden, Lora Smith at the Jones Center, and Berkeley Boone
of Bear Hollow have been rearing captive frogs for release. We had been waiting through a protracted drought in the hopes that the new
breeding site would fill and the frogs had survived and would breed.
Earlier this year we detected a mature female in a burrow near the site.
This year the site ponded for the first time since 2010...and the
frogs did their thing.