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Breeding efforts among rare frogs continue at reservoir

Breeding efforts among rare frogs continue at reservoir

Taipei, March 3 (CNA) Efforts to promote successful breeding among a species of rare tree frog endemic to Taiwan are ongoing at Taipei's Feitsui Reservoir, the reservoir's administration said Friday. The Taipei Zoological Foundation was entrusted by the Taipei Feitsui Reservoir Administration to conduct a total of eight field surveys between August and November last year in order to understand the ecosystem and distribution of amphibians and reptiles in the area. The researchers found a wide variety of species. In addition, the foundation has also tried to increase the breeding success of the emerald green tree frog, which is a protected species due to its limited habitat, habitat destruction, lack of numbers and human depredation. Chen Tzu-lung, one of the foundation's researchers, said it is difficult for the frog to find suitable habitats to spawn in the wild. In order to encourage the protected frog to reproduce and lay eggs, Chen said, the researchers placed a number of large containers of water in five spots around the reservoir's environs. However, no specific numbers of the tree frog population in the reservoir area have been provided by the administration. Feitsui Reservoir, due to being a public water source, is a controlled area in terms of land use, which allows wildlife to thrive naturally. The abundant ecosystem and diversity of species indicate that the reservoir administration's efforts to ensure environmental protection have paid off, said Liu Ming-lung, head of the administration. Liu added that the administration's work can also be used as material for environmental education. (By Johnson Sun, Lin Yung-chin and Nell Shen)


Updated : 2020-12-05 02:04 GMT+08:00