Since 1989, our goal has been to exceed customer expectations by providing the absolute highest quality amphibians and excellent customer service; doing this in the most ethical, professional, and responsive manner, all at the lowest possible price.
“The Frog Ranch” was founded in 1989 by Kim Thomas. The company began in a very modest facility in California. With the introduction of the Albino Horned frog by “The Frog Ranch” in 1992 the company grew into what is now the largest captive amphibian research, conservation and propagation facility in the world.
Every animal supplied by “The Frog Ranch” is bred on site in a state-of-the-art environmentally controlled, computer monitored facility. The proprietary methods, equipment, systems and bio-security techniques used in the production of animals have been developed by the founder for the last two decades in order to produce an animal of the best health and quality. “The Frog Ranch” continues to provide pro-bono services to the state of California and the nations leading universities involving a wide range of breeding projects, ecological, conservation and survival issues.
“The Frog Ranch” was founded in 1989 by Kim Thomas. The company began in a very modest facility in California. With the introduction of the Albino Horned frog by “The Frog Ranch” in 1992 the company grew into what is now the largest captive amphibian breeding facility in the world.
Founder Kim Thomas spent the majority of his childhood growing up in the fields, streams, and ponds of California. He spent nearly every day collecting, keeping and caring for frogs, snakes and any other creature he was able to catch. In 1968 at the age of 12 he began his “professional” career at a pet store feeding, watering and cleaning cages. Rising every morning at 5 a.m. in order to finish in time to get to school, his afternoons were spent delivering newspapers and then it was off to the fields and creeks until dusk. Kim was also an avid tropical fish enthusiast, beginning at the age of eight. Shortly after graduating high school he opened one of only two aquarium installation and maintenance companies in California, while simultaneously managing the fish and reptile department at the same retail pet store in which he worked as a boy.
In 1978 at the age of 24 Kim, while being a longtime customer of a large wholesale tropical fish operation was approached by the owner to open a branch of the wholesale tropical fish operation. Kim agreed and after helping to construct the 1,000 fish tank facility, he ran the company for the next two years at which time he purchased the branch. For the next several years he continued to hone his skills in business and in the recognition and successful treatment of tropical fish diseases. Kim eventually sold his interest in the business and was soon being called upon by commercial wholesale operations all across California, Oregon and Nevada to construct the marine and fresh water life support systems that had been used so successfully at the wholesale operation. He was soon contacted by another wholesale company in California which enlisted his skills in reviving its business and expanding its scope too include marine fish, reptile and small animal facilities.
For the next eight years he worked as general manager and diagnostician building and growing the company into one of the largest most successful wholesale tropical fish operations in the state; while simultaneously operating his aquarium installation and maintenance company. During this time he also provided consultation and assistance to many retail stores, importers and private aquaculture farms throughout California, on the recognition and successful treatment of fish diseases. He also worked with the California Department of Fish and Game as a private contractor installing and maintaining systems used in their hatchery facilities. In 1986 while continuing his work with the wholesale tropical fish company and operating his own company, Kim purchased a scientific equipment supply company. By way of his ownership of the company Kim developed relationships with some of the nations leading University professors while supplying them with equipment and supplies.
After recognizing a demand for captive bred amphibians in the pet trade, Kim began research in an empty office space. After a year and a half and much trial and error, Kim discovered a successful method for breeding the Argentine Horned frog, after which in 1989 Kim founded “The Frog Ranch”. In 1992 “The Frog Ranch” introduced the Albino Horned frog (Ceratophrys cranwelli). During the next 19 years The Frog Ranch would grow from its humble beginnings into the largest, most well respected, and highly regarded supplier of quality captive bred amphibians in the world.
Since 1989 “The Frog Ranch” has supplied the highest quality captive bred amphibians available. All amphibians sold by “The Frog Ranch” are bred on site by Kim. The animals are reared indoors in a proprietary, state of the art, environmentally controlled and computer monitored facility, using the most advanced water purification techniques available. Tight bio-security techniques ensure that customers receive the highest quality, disease-free and most robust animals.
Kim provides services and consultation to, and has received commendations from universities all across the country including University of California—Berkeley, University of California—Riverside, University of California—Davis, Mt. San Antonio College, North Carolina State University, Florida State University, Cornell University, Yale University, Peabody Museum of Natural History (live display), and Harvard University on a wide range of breeding projects, as well as ecological, conservation and survival issues.
Kim has and continues to be a wealth of information for numerous books, magazine articles and other publications.
To this day The Frog Ranch is still a family owned, family run business. It is operated from their California facility by Kim and his family and has included many employees and associates over the years.