Endangered leopard frog tadpoles airlifted by Vancouver Aquarium

A rare and endangered cargo is scheduled to fly into Cranbrook today — 600 tadpoles that are being shipped from the Vancouver Aquarium to the Kootenays.

The northern leopard frog is the most endangered amphibian in British Columbia, according to biologist Darren Smy.

“The main reason for that would be habitat loss, invasive species, and agriculture using pesticides would greatly affect them.”

That’s why the aquarium has been rearing the tadpoles for the past four years and then transplanting them to marshes around Creston and Cranbrook.