Past Ex-Situ Research Projects:
Rita Cáceres, graduate student University of Puerto Rico- Rio Piedras, weighing and photographing tadpoles at Fort Worth Zoo.
Natalie Calatayud and Cecilia Langhorn from Mississippi State University collect eggs and analyze the sperm of a toad at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Aza believes that modern animal management, Animal Husbandry, Veterinary Care and conservation methods should be based on science, and that commitment to scientific research, both basic and applied, is a hallmark of a modern zoo and aquarium. Zoos and Aquariums accredited by the AZA have an invaluable opportunity and are expected to conduct or facilitate research both on-site and off-site to enhance scientific knowledge of the animals under our care and to improve the conservation of wild populations.
Much can be learned from studying toads in captivity, which can be difficult to observe in the wild and directly used to protect them. Despite the fact that prct has been successfully maintained and bred in captivity for more than three decades, nutrition and health issues still pose serious challenges. The solutions found during the research are necessary to improve the welfare of captive toads and to maintain the breeding / reintroduction programme in the long term.
Previous research at AZA institutions:
Water temperature selection by tadpoles (Toronto Zoo)
Substrate temperature selection by toads (Toronto Zoo)
Evaluation using Bufo toxin as a trapping method for Rhinella marina tadpoles in the presence of P. lemur tadpoles (Fort Worth Zoo)
The effects of temperature on tadpole growth and development (Toronto Zoo)
The effects of salinity on tadpole growth and development of Peltophryne lemur and R. marina (Fort Worth Zoo)
The effects of density and temperature on P. lemur tadpole growth and development cohabitating with R. marina tadpoles (Fort Worth Zoo)
The effects of varied diets on tadpole growth and development (Toronto Zoo)
The effects of various vitamin and mineral supplements on juvenile growth and development (Toronto Zoo)
The effects of varied diets on juvenile growth and development (Toronto Zoo)
LHRH/hCG trials for the production of semen in male toads (Toronto Zoo)
Evaluating LHRH/hCG efficacy and timing for PRCT reproduction (Fort Worth and Memphis Zoos)
Extraction and freezing of semen in adult toads (Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Memphis Zoo)
Health and Disease
Vitamin A deficiency studies in adult toads (Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Toronto Zoo)
Evaluating Brown Skin Syndrome in adult toads (Toronto, Fort Worth and North Carolina Zoos)
Determination of standard blood values in adult toads (North Carolina Zoo)
Determining if PRCT adults are susceptible or resilient to the amphibian fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (North Carolina Zoo)