Success for Clawed Frog Rescue

Antwerp and London Zoos have successfully established a captive breeding population of the critically endangered Lake Oku clawed frog (Xenopus longipes).


The species is only found in a small volcanic lake in the North West province of Cameroon, West Africa. It is still numerous in the 340 hectares of Lake Oku; however it is under threat from disease and the introduction of fish. Two sample populations were taken in December 2008 to ensure that there would be a sufficient rescue population should disaster strike. The frogs were then placed in coolers and flown to Brussels and London, all arriving in a safe and healthy condition. Dr Robert Browne of Antwerp Zoo said,

“The conservation breeding programme for this species is challenging as nothing is known about their reproduction and tadpoles have never been observed”.

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Kirtland Peterson

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