Local Conservation Efforts

The care of wildlife extends far beyond the Zoo’s gates. Learn more about our leading roles in conserving western pond turtles and Mountain yellow-legged frogs.

 

Western Pond Turtle (WPT) Project

A partnership between the San Francisco Zoo, the Oakland Zoo, and Sonoma State University. Project goals are to determine the critical temperature and timing of sex determination in WPT to optimize male-female sex ratios for ex-situ incubation and to establish a WPT head starting program at San Francisco and Oakland Zoos. These goals are essential to the immediate conservation and ultimate recovery of the turtle.

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Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs

Mountain yellow-legged frogs are facing down an extinction threat throughout the Sierra Nevadas in California. The San Francisco Zoo and its partners are working together to keep these amazing frogs in their high mountain habitat by head-starting the most critically threatened populations and trying different techniques to boost numbers throughout the frog's range. Learn more about our newest project in Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park. 

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