The Tadpole Taskforce
The Phoenix Zoo's primary contribution to southwestern amphibian conservation has been the head-starting of egg masses, and developing and improving captive husbandry techniques. In addition to these contributions, Zoo staff has also participated in population surveys, habitat renovation and restoration, and given presentations to educate the public about the plight of amphibians both locally and globally.
Along with our knowledgeable and dedicated keeper staff, the Zoo also has a Tadpole Task Force (TFF), a group of volunteers that we train to help raise the hundreds of tadpoles each year as part of its conservation efforts. The TTF was a group of volunteers used heavily in the early 90's to help with the daily care of the tadpoles. Their help was invaluable and gave interested people a way to become directly involved with conservation. Not only does the TTF get to work with tadpoles and frogs at the Zoo, but these volunteers also go on field trips to release frogs back into the wild! To get involved with the TTF, please contact our volunteer office at 602.273.1341 ext. 7202.
Photos By: Tara Sprankle