The Zoo is celebrating another exciting conservation achievement with the hatching of 550 Chiricahua leopard frog tadpoles this spring. The Fort Worth Zoo was the very first to successfully breed this threatened frog species in a captive, indoor environment. In 2012, thanks to the careful manipulation of environmental settings within the Museum of Living Art (MOLA), three females laid eggs naturally without the use of hormones. Since that first successful hatching, the Zoo has bred hundreds of the threatened frog species and has reintroduced the tadpoles to a designated site in New Mexico, where populations had been diminished to nearly one-third of the original number. The newest tadpoles were housed in a specialized environment at the Zoo and released into the wild in early June.