Let’s take a moment to learn a bit more about the heroes on the ground in Ecuador who, along with your help, are going to save the Quito rocket frog!
Since 2005, the Museum of Zoology (QCAZ) at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador (PUCE) has operated and supported a long-term conservation program for Ecuadorian amphibians, named “Balsa de los Sapos,” which literally means “Life Raft for Frogs.”
Balsa de los Sapos is a successful conservation program with its achievements in research and monitoring of Ecuadorian threatened amphibians and ex situ conservation for endangered species. The program goals are based on the recommendations given by the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group’s Amphibian Conservation Action Plan.
Balsa de los Sapos ex situ conservation facilities are located at the PUCE campus in Quito. It maintains approximately 40 species of amphibians and takes care of over 2000 individuals in different life stages from diverse anuran families including: Bufonidae, Centrolenidae, Ceratophryidae, Craugastoridae, Dendrobatidae, Hemiphractidae, Hylidae, Microhylidae, Pipidae, Ranidae, and Telmatobiidae.
The team has successfully bred species that are typically difficult to care for in captivity including Glass frogs (genus Espadarana, Chimerella, Hyalinobatrachium) and the highly endangered Harlequin frogs (genus Antelopes). This experience and success rate is definitely going to come in handy with the Quito rocket frog!
In addition to this, they also support scientific research. Scientists and students from PUCE investigate the many diverse aspects of the life of frogs including early development of their eggs and chemical defensive compounds from their skins.
So, if anyone is going to be able to save these amazing amphibians, it will be Team Balsa de los Sapos!
They have the knowledge, the experience and the passion to make this rescue happen, so let’s throw them a life raft by continuing to share our Adopt-A-Tadpole campaign far and wide before it is too late!
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