Oregon spotted frog season has begun! Our hope is that we’re able to build on our incredibly successful year in 2021, where we produced over 20,000 tadpoles.
Prior to breeding introductions, all female frogs in WPC’s Oregon spotted frog breeding and recovery program at the Greater Vancouver Zoo were treated to an ultrasound. This process, whose data will contribute to a master’s thesis from graduate student Briar Hunter, checks the eggs for their level of development. A portable handheld ultrasound on loan from the Calgary Zoo made quick work of the process. After the ultrasound, the female frogs were introduced to the males and were in amplexus (breeding position for frogs) within minutes! Eggs coming soon!
Master’s students Pourya Sardari and Briar Hunter conduct an ultrasound of one of the females in the program.