We have just completed work on the creation of a new outdoor facility at the Breeding Center. We are very pleased with the results and are looking forward to the spring when the toads will use their new home for the very first time.
This expansion is a huge step for our project—a step we have worked hard on. When we began the captive breeding program eight years ago, our area of operations was restricted to the former Peñalara National Park. Since it was declared a new National Park, the protected territory of Sierra de Guadarrama has grown considerably. To keep up with this change in territory size, and with the beginning of the SOS Anfibios Guadarrama project, we have started improving our captive breeding program so that it can work in a much larger area.
The improvement of the breeding program includes new management techniques, an increase in the number of individuals in the captive colony and, as you can see here, the creation of new facilities to increase the production of specimens for release.
As the photos show, the new outdoor facility is five times larger than the previous one. It consists of a central pond that can hold many larvae and a spacious ground area with plenty of plants and shelters.
We hope that, through these improvements, we will be able to produce many more specimens to help grow not only the recently installed populations, but also those that we intend to establish in upcoming campaigns. Thanks are due to Ernesto and the entire team who participated in this amazing effort!
Translated by Nate Stein