Mohamed bin Zayed Species project number 220529182
Conserving a possibly critically endangered newly discovered Hylid frog endemic to a single wetland in Costa Rica.
As far as we know, this newly discovered anuran is restricted to an 8-hectare wetland. Hiding in between two volcanoes, this species has managed to persist the pressure of habitat destruction. Although it seems to be persistent, its restricted range is worrisome. Any threats can cause detrimenal damage or even extinction of the only known population of this species.
Our objectives are to 1) increase search efforts to determine actual population status and confirm distribution range of the focal species. By doing so, we will simultaneously develop an understanding of amphibian distribution in this highly unexplored area. 2) Develop and implement a biosecurity protocol for research and tourism to prevent introduction of Batrachochytirum dendrobatidis or other infectious pathogens. 3) Develop and implement an educational strategy in the community regarding the presence and importance of amphibians and focal species. Valuing the different stakeholders and involving the community in the process can contribute to the long term survival of this species and its habitat. 4) Generate baseline knowledge of reproductive behavior of focal species for future ex-situ conservation action. Its restricted range makes it extremely vulnerable to any threat, if this population is lost, we lose all record of its existence.
Project 220529182 location - Costa Rica, North America