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Episode 138: Saving Amphibians w/Ian Recchio Los Angeles Zoo

January 23, 2020

This week we are very fortunate to have an interview with Ian Recchio, Curator of Amphibians and Reptiles from the Los Angeles Zoo. We discuss the plight of many of the planet’s amphibians, specifically the Southern Mountain Yellow-Legged Frog. This species is one of the most endangered amphibians in California and Ian is helping to lead the efforts to restore this animal to its native habitat. The story about Ian and his efforts can be read HERE. This is an incredible conservation story that is still ongoing today. What we are learning from these efforts, among others that we discuss with Ian, are helping multiple species around the world.

We also discuss the many successful conservation efforts coming from the LA Zoo, specifically the California Condor, among others.

From their website it states, the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens opened on November 28, 1966. The Zoo is home to more than 1,400 mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles representing more than 270 different species, of which more than 58 are endangered. In addition, the Zoo’s botanical collection comprises several planted gardens and over 800 different plant species with approximately 7,000 individual plants. The Zoo receives nearly 1.8 million visitors per year and is owned and operated by the City of Los Angeles. The daily management of the Zoo is overseen by Interim Zoo Director Denise M. Verret. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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