Environment & Science

How the LA Zoo is trying to save an endangered Southern California frog

An endangered Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog floats in a tank in the breeding room at the L.A. Zoo. There are approximately 100 left in the wild.
An endangered Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog floats in a tank in the breeding room at the L.A. Zoo. There are approximately 100 left in the wild.
Jamie Pham/LA Zoo

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There are just 100 Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs left in the wild, but in a plain-looking shack next to the South America exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo, over 2,000 Yellow-Legged Frog tadpoles are swimming in tanks. They're part of a captive breeding program designed to save the endangered frog, which only lives in the mountains of Southern California.