Primarily because of the disease chytridiomichosis, since 2006 the Panamanian golden frog has been virtually extinct in the wild. However, thanks to the efforts of Project Golden Frog, a number still exist in a captive breeding program in a number of zoos and aquaria in the United States and Panama.
Panamanian Golden Frogs are basically extinct in the wild. Some individuals are found at lower elevations. The El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center along with zoos in the United States are breeding individuals that were collected from the wild in 2006 (when Chytridiomycosis swept through El Valle de Anton in Panama). It is hoped that these frogs can one day be released back to the wild.
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