Francis Osei-Gyan from Amphibian Survival Alliance companion Herp Conservation Ghana simply acquired the Future Conservationist Award supplied by the Conservation Management Programme. Francis and the workforce will use the grant to save lots of the Critically Endangered intermediate puddle frog (Phrynobatrachus intermedius). That is an evolutionarily distinct frog endemic to the Ankasa conservation space, a key biodiversity web site in southwestern Ghana. It happens in a single sub-population and due to this there’s rising concern that any stochastic occasion may wipe out all the world inhabitants. The standard of the frog’s habitat is in fixed decline. This lack of habitat high quality is brought on by the unlawful extraction of raffia palm from the frog’s riparian habitat to feed a rising furnishings trade, in addition to upstream water air pollution by native farmers. Worst, info required to make knowledgeable administration choices is non-existent.
This venture will scale back threats to the extinction of this species and supply info required for pressing conservation planning. Particularly, Francis and the workforce will implement a time-tested behaviour change program in ten communities geared toward decreasing unlawful logging (raffia) and poisoning of the aquatic system. Additionally, they are going to survey ten forest websites, together with the Ankasa conservation space and adjoining areas, to find out the species distribution and concurrently gather each panorama and habitat high quality predictor variables. Vital outcomes of this venture embody improved habitat circumstances; a species conservation motion plan; and enhanced understanding of each the distribution and habitat necessities of this Critically Endangered frog.
By Herp Conservation Ghana
Picture © Francis Osei-Gyan