THE SAN FRANCISCO ZOO AND GARDEN'S ROLE IN CONSERVING RARE SPECIES IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK.
Jessie Bushell; San Francisco Zoo and Gardens; , CA, 94132; (415) 753-7080 X7079; jessieb@sfzoo.org; Rob Grasso, Rochelle Stiles, Jarrod Willis
The San Francisco Zoo and Gardens and Yosemite National Park are partnering to protect aquatic species and restore them to Yosemite. At first, the two entities partnered to probe questions about disease transmission, animal behavior, and species husbandry that directly impacts species restoration efforts. Then in 2015, the Zoo opened a facility committed to rearing and treating three federally listed (Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frogs, California red-legged frogs (CRLF), and Yosemite toads) and one special-status (western pond turtle) to the park. Since that time, the Zoo has reared CRLFs that have been released into the Yosemite Valley, reared Yosemite toads from eggs to post-metamorphic toads, and played a pivotal role in trouble-shooting disease dynamics in Yosemite's western pond turtles. The Zoo-Park partnership has proven to be critical to Yosemite's aquatic species recovery efforts.
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