Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
This species has declined in numbers by over 80% over the past decade, most likely due to chytridiomycosis (Stuart et al. 2008). It is also threatened by collection for local zoos and hotels, illegal pet trading, deforestation, and habitat alteration by logging and farming (Poole 2006). Project Golden Frog is an ongoing conservation consortium which connects the Republic of Panama and the United States, in an effort to ensure the survival of this species. Plans for captive breeding in Panama are being supported by Project Golden Frog. Captive breeding programs for this species are already in place at a number of zoos, including the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, the Houston Zoo, the Denver Zoo, the Detroit Zoo, and the Oakland Zoo.