The Minnesota Zoo is using leap day to put a spotlight on frogs and their fight against extinction. A breeding program based in Apple Valley is aimed at keeping frog species alive. Experts say thirty percent of the amphibian species in the world are threatened, largely because of habitat loss.
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The Minnesota Zoo will be in uncharted air space next week when it carries on without the bird expert who's been in Apple Valley since the zoo opened 34 years ago. Jimmy Pichner was instrumental in re-establishing trumpeter swans in Minnesota and guided development of the zoo's penguin exhibit. In his retirement he'll hunt and fish -- and watch birds.
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