Saving one of the world’s rarest toads from extinction


The harlequin toad has been successfully bred in captivity for the first time outside its native Panama. The three-year project has been a collaboration between Panama Wildlife Charity PWCC, Manchester Museum, and the Faculty of Medicine, Biology and Health at the University of Manchester in the UK. This breeding programme could provide a safety net for the toads, which are in danger of extinction, as they could be bred in captivity and reintroduced into the wild.

(Photo: Harlequin toad. Credit: University of Manchester.)

Video by Daniel South, Jasmin Souesi and Dee Sebastian.

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