Cristina will take care of the captive colony of the Common Midwife toads at the Centre for Captive Breeding of Threatened Amphibians of the Guadarrama Mountains.
Following on from her master's degree, Cristina is investigating the breeding of the Iberian frog in captivity. This amphibian species, endemic to the Iberian Peninsula, is vulnerable throughout the Guadarrama Mountains due to fish introductions. For years we have been reintroducing frogs in some areas of the Peñalara Massif where they were extinct. However, until now reintroduced specimens came from eggs collected in the field that we kept in captivity until metamorphosis. Achieving the captive breeding of the species would be a breakthrough for the reintroduction programme of the Iberian frog.
Thanks Cristina, for joining the team and for your dedication to this project.