Rescued from an Arizona wildfire, 50 endangered Chiricahua leopard frogs and 62 tadpoles have found a new home at Glendale Community College, reports the Arizona Republic.
School biologists began building a riparian refuge in 2003 as part of its new Life Sciences Building. They moved in boulders, created a waterfall and slowly introduced native algae into the glass-walled refuge.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department had planned to move some Chiricahua leopard frogs from northern Arizona to the refuge, but then learned that the frogs of Beatty Ranch in Hereford might be in trouble from the Monument Fire south of Sierra Vista.
Biologists caught about half of the pond’s population and recently released them into the refuge, treating them to meals of crickets and other insects.
The frogs will live with some longfin dace fish that were rescued from Seven Springs, north of Cave Creek.
Visitors will be able to view the frogs in their new habitat.