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Andean Marsupial Frog

Gastrotheca riobambae 

Pouched frog

Andean Marsupial Frogs are one of about 75 species of marsupial frogs belonging to the genus Gastrotheca. All of these frogs are adapted to carrying their eggs in pouches rather than laying them in water.

Conservation status update

As natives of Ecuador, these animals are ambassadors to our Center for Ecuadorian Amphibian Conservation. This center is concentrating on studying and conserving species of reptiles and amphibians from the South American country of Ecuador.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild


The Andean Marsupial Frog faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild.


Andes in Ecuador


Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland)

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Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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