Michael Gyapong Akrasi and Caleb Ofori-Boateng from Amphibian Survival Alliance companion Herp Conservation Ghana simply obtained one of many Amphibian Ark 2020 Conservation Grants to work with the Critically Endangered Togo Slippery Frog (Conraua derooi). That is an Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) amphibian that’s recognized from two localities in Ghana: the Togo-Volta highlands, which is alongside Ghana’s border with the Republic of Togo and the Atewa Hills, one of many final upland evergreen forest in Ghana. The Atewa inhabitants is nonetheless acknowledged as a definite species and a paper is presently being accomplished to call it (Blackburn et. al., in evaluation). It’s feared that this distinct frog will change into extinct even earlier than it’s named resulting from a deliberate bauxite mine within the Atewa Hills to repay loans secured from China. In late 2019, the bulldozers moved in to reopen roads and nationwide safety operatives secured the primary entrances to the reserve. A latest map of the proposed mine coincides straight with the slippery frog’s habitat and it’s extremely unlikely that this Atewa endemic frog has any likelihood of survival ought to the federal government proceed with its plans to mine the reserve in December.
The purpose of the awarded undertaking is to avoid wasting the distinct subpopulation of the Togo Slippery Frog within the Atewa Hills. Michael and Caleb suggest to ascertain an ex situ conservation program in collaboration with the Forestry Analysis Institute of Ghana (FORIG) and Fisheries and Aquaculture Division of the Kwame Nkrumah College of Science and Know-how (KNUST). Herp Conservation Ghana has been finding out this frog within the wild for the previous ten years. Subsequently, they have already got a good quantity of understanding of its behavior necessities. However, they plan to conduct further subject visits with certainly one of their collaborators from the London Zoo to collect further habitat parameters. They consider this may assist them to assemble the breeding facility to imitate their pure habitat.
By Michael Gyapong Akrasi and Caleb Ofori-Boateng, Herp Conservation Ghana