Amphibian Hotte-spot Targeted

by Durrell - July 2, 2016

Mountain chicken frog eating tarantula - credit Sarah-Louise Adams

Don’t talk with your mouth full… A male mountain chicken frog calling (image: Sarah-Louise Adams)

Alarmingly, more than 80% of all frog species in Haiti and Dominican Republic are threatened with extinction – it’s the region with the highest proportion of threatened amphibians in the world. It’s for this reason that Durrell has chosen it as one of four regions to focus its efforts to help save amphibians from extinction.

The Massif de la Hotte in southwestern Haiti has the highest concentration of threatened amphibians anywhere in the world, with at least 11 Critically Endangered and Endangered species. It’s home to species that are found nowhere else on earth. The Eleutherodactylus thorectes for example is one of the smallest frogs in the world – and is smaller than a human thumbnail!

Jeff Dawson, Durrell’s Amphibian Programme Manager, explains what Durrell is doing to help. “Durrell will work with local partners to increase the knowledge of the amphibian communities. This is with view of coming up with effective management plans. Durrell will also continue its conservation efforts in Montserrat to bring the mountain chicken frog back from the edge of extinction.”

With your help we can continue to help save the frog species in the Caribbean, including the mountain chicken frog. To do so, please consider donating what you can to the Programme.