Assisted Reproduction in Frogs

Assisted Reproduction of Frogs

Using common species of temperate frogs (e.g., fire-bellied toads, leopard frogs and bull frogs) the Reproductive Sciences Department is contributing to the Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's commitment to the global efforts for the amphibian extinction crisis.  Non-invasive methods are being tested to induce and extend the period of sperm release (spermiation) in seasonal frogs in order to enhance reproductive performance throughout any given year.  Methods found to be effective in these model species will then be applied to more critically endangered amphibians such as the Mississippi gopher frog.