The Houston Zoo, with assistance from several other zoos and institutions, has built an amphibian oasis, called the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC), in Panama. At EVACC, we rescue and treat wild amphibians affected by a fungal disease known as chytrid. We are ensuring the survival of their species by safely breeding them in captivity with the ultimate goal to release their offspring back to the cloud forests and streams of Panama once scientists can figure out how to protect them from the fungus.
At EVACC, we have also constructed an exhibit area where the people of Panama can observe the unique amphibians of their country. Sadly, many of these amphibians have already gone extinct in the wild and are the last of their kind in the country.
Last week the Houston Zoo won Top Honors in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums International Conservation Award category for our amphibian conservation efforts in Panama.
For more information, or to support our efforts in Panama, go to https://www.houstonzoo.org/amphibians/