High altitudes, even higher stakes for aquatic frog

by Durrell - June 25, 2016

Titicaca_frog_mainOne of the projects we’re working on as part of the SAFE programme is the conservation of the Critically Endangered Lake Titicaca water frog. It’s entirely aquatic and is one of the largest frogs in the world, weighing up to 1kg! The species is only found only in Lake Titicaca in Bolivia and Peru at an altitude of 3,800 metres above sea level.

The Lake Titicaca water frog has a lot of baggy skin that helps it to maximise oxygen extraction at these high altitudes. It was first brought to the world’s attention in the 1970’s by renowned diver and explorer Jacques Cousteau.

In February 2016 Durrell’s Deputy Head of Herpetology, Dan Lay, travelled to Bolivia to assist the Bolivian Amphibian Initiative (BAI) in setting up a captive breeding facility for the critically endangered Lake Titicaca Water Frog.

“This collaboration is the result of a ten-year relationship built upon Durrell’s ethos of training conservationists from around the world. It is an honour for me to be playing a part in trying to save this incredible species from extinction. BAI’s founder, Arturo Muñoz Saravia, and his staff and volunteers should be very proud of their progress and success, which will no doubt continue long into the future” Dan says.

With your help we can continue to help save the Lake Titicaca water frog. Please, if you can, consider contributing to the Programme by donating today.