Atlanta is home to millions of people and one Rabbs' Fringe-limbed tree frog. It’s believed to be the very last of its species.
The frog is named “Toughie” and lives at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens’ FrogPod.
The FrogPod is a bio-secure facility that houses rare and endangered frogs from Central Panama. They were all collected in 2005 by the Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta after a deadly fungus threatened the creatures survival.
The frogs are in isolation from other species. Their offspring could be re-released if it’s ever safe for the frogs to return to Panama.
“Toughie” is believed to be the last of his kind. All others collected in 2005 have died, except for the lone male. He’s been in the FrogPod for 11 years and rarely makes a sound. However one night scientist at the FrogPod were able to record his mating call.
The call is a sign he’s still healthy at an estimated age of 12 years. His species could live to be 20 years old. He seems to be healthy, according to scientists, however he is showing signs of aging. Scientists document his position between once to three times and day, and he is weighed weekly.
Recently, Toughie appeared in a projection on the wall of the Vatican and the United Nations building as part of the “Projecting Change” project which focused on endangered species.