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Romeo, the Sehuencas Water Frog, finds his Juliet

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photo by Robin Moore

Have you heard of Romeo, the world’s loneliest frog? Romeo is a Sehuencas Water Frog (Telmatobius yuracare), an aquatic frog species only found in Bolivia,and was thought to be the last of his species. He has been alone in the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Bolivia for 10 years. Romeo’s home habitat has been lost and damaged due to agriculture and logging. Water pollution, Chytrid fungus, a deadly disease for frogs, and invasive trouts all don’t help the frogs either. The future is not looking great for the Sehuencas Water Frogs.

Scientists with the help of  the Global Wildlife Conservation and the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny, set up a Match.com profile page for Romeo to help raise funds to find him a lover. On Tuesday, Teresa Camacho Badani, the chief Herpetology of the Museum, announced that they have found Romeo his Juliet. Besides just finding a Juliet, they found four other frogs, including another female. The new frogs are currently in quarantine so that they get used to their new habitat and to insure that they are disease free. They plan to introduce Romeo and Juliet on Valentine’s Day and hopefully, they will start breeding. The scientists hope to help re-establish populations of the Sehuencas Water Frog with a captive breeding program.

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The Amphibian Foundation

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The Amphibian Foundation is a wonderful organization that works on education, conservation, and research of amphibians. They are currently working to save the Flatwoods Salamander and the Gopher Frog. One of the education work they do is the Critter Camp where children get hands on experience with reptiles and amphibians.

There website is located here. You can learn about more of what they do and even become a member.

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Amphibians.org

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Amphibians.org is home to Amphibian Survival Alliance (ASA) and the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group (ASG). This partnership allows the site to help coordinate amphibian conservation projects around the world.

The ASG contains a group of experts in amphibians that provide scientific guidance to the projects. The ASA is a partnership of over 100 organizations that work to save amphibians by providing support for the ASG. Together, they take action on the decline of amphibians.

They have their own digital magazine named the FrogLog. You can subscribe to it for free here.

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Red-bellied frog found in Costa Rica after 30 years.

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Image taken by Gilbert Alvarado

The  Red-bellied frog or Rana Vientre Rojo (Craugastor escoces) was found in Costa Rica  for the first time since 1986. Gilbert Alvarado Barboza and Randall Jiménez Quirós found the frog on September 19, 2016 but it has taken this long to confirm it. The Red-bellied frog was declared extinct in 2004, The frog was found in Castro Blanco National Park. The researchers hope that there is a population of them within the park.

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900 Endangered Wyoming Toads Released Back into the Wild

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Around 900 endangered Wyoming Toads (Anaxyrus baxteri) are being released in the Laramie River valley area this week by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. This is the second year in a row that they are releasing around 900 toads. The Wymoning Toad was declared extinct in the 1980s before it was re-discovered in the  Laramie River valley area. The toad’s populations were decimated by Chytrid Fungus. Hopefully, these frogs will restore the populations!

This project by the US Fish and Wildlife Service works with private land owners for the release of the toads on the lands. Cooperation is voluntary so if you live in the area, please volunteer your land for the toads!

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Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC)

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The Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC) is working to help save frogs and other amphibians from Chytrid fungus. Chytrid fungus has decimated frog populations around the globe. To help the amphibians that live in the Cusuco National Park, HARCC provides a head start program for frogs. They capture juvenile frogs and treat them for Chytrid, raise them to be healthy adults, and then return them in the wild. HARCC also provides a captive assurance program so that if something bad happened to the remaining frogs in the wild, they could re-populate the area.

Some of the frogs they help are the Mossy Red-Eyed Frog (Duellmanohyla Soralia), Exquisite Spike-Thumb Frog (Plectrohyla exquisita), and Cusuco Spike-Thumb Frog (Plectrohyla dasypus).

They do great work, donate today.

Their website is here 

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The Importance of Zoos

People in today’s society often complain about zoos. People complain about how animals are used to raise money and how they aren’t truly wild anymore. While I understand their position, I think they are misunderstanding the important work zoos do.

Zoos are important to conservation. The money that zoos raises go obviously towards the animals at the zoo and the works but they also go towards conservation projects. These conservation projects help endangered species such as the Houston Toad. The Houston Zoo helps breed and head start captive Houston Toad which are endangered in the USA.

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Houston Toad from thehoustontoad.org

Zoos also provide refuge to animal species that have had their habitat destroyed or face other problems. The Panamanian Golden Frog is probably extinct in the wild because of chytrid fungus but populations of them have been living in zoos such as the Maryland Zoo.If you are worried about the care and health of the animals in a zoo, check to see if they are an AZA accredited zoo. AZA stands for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. To become an AZA accredited zoo, the zoos have to be inspected to see if they match the AZA’s high standards for animal care. Also try to look for non-profit zoos vs for profit zoos.

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Panamanian Golden Frog by Brian Gratwicke

Overall, zoos are a critical part of the fight to save animals species. Donate and visit zoos that support conservation!

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Save the Frogs Day THIS Saturday!

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This Saturday the 29th is Save the Frogs Day! Save the Frogs Day takes place on the last Saturday of April. This is the 9th Save the Frogs day and over 1000 events have happened so far for the day in 60 countries. The day is to help raise awareness for frogs and other species that are threatened with extinction. Check out the website – http://www.savethefrogs.com/day/ to learn more and watch the video!