American Museum of Natural History Southwest Research Station

The Southwest Research Station of the American Museum of Natural History, SWRS, held an open house today to show off the newest addition to the facility. Dawn Wilson, the director, has started a reintroduction project with the threatened Chiricahua leopard frog. Over thirty frogs were reared to adulthood this past year which will be released along the north fork of Cave Creek drainage. The SWRS Ranairum was used to rear the frogs and Casa de Rana is their home until release. The springs feeding the Ranarium and Casa de Rana produce warm water (74 degrees F) making the ponds in the enclosure inviting habitat for the frogs. This is the first year of an ongoing project at the Southwest Research Station.

Reception outside SWRS new gift shop

SWRS Ranarium

Casa de Rana

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