The Memphis Zoo has announced the first captive breeding program for the species. This is going to be a very encouraging year of perhaps hundreds of small and large steps to avert the mass extinction. Using in-vitro fertilization techniques learned while breeding Wyoming toads in 2004, the zoo has produced 93 Mississippi gopher tadpoles, a number nearly matching the 100 frogs still living in the wild.
POPULATION TREND: Inadequate information is available on the remnant Mississippi population to determine trends, but the species was once believed to occur in nine or 10 counties or parishes in the states of Louisiana (two to three populations), Mississippi (six populations), and Alabama (one population). In 2003, the population had declined to just 100 known frogs breeding in a single, four-acre pond on the DeSoto National Forest in Mississippi. However, in 2004, one calling male was observed at an additional pond and 50 tadpoles were collected from another pond. The total frog population is estimated to be less than 250 mature individuals.