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Chiricahua Leopard Frog


Chiricahua leopard frog (CLF; Lithobates chiricahuensis)

Principal Biologist(s)

Magnus McCaffery, Hanne Small

Project Location

Ladder Ranch, NM

Conservation Problem

Range-wide decline of CLF due to a suite of factors, including:

  • Disease
  • Invasive species
  • Habitat degradation and loss
  • Increased severity/duration of drought

Conservation Status

  • Listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2002
  • Listed as a Species of Greatest Conservation Concern by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF)

Project Goals & Objectives

We aim to work in partnership with the CLF Recovery Team to achieve range-wide recovery that results in the delisting of the species from the ESA. To this end, our CLF conservation strategy on the Ladder Ranch incorporates three core objectives:

1. To maintain and expand wild CLF populations on the Ladder Ranch.

2. To maintain captive refugia and captive breeding facilities for on- and off- ranch frog populations.

3. To further CLF conservation by securing grants, research, developing effective conservation methods, and collaborating with partners.


Project Background