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Giant Squeaker Frog
Arthroleptis krokosua

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Introduction

Over 90% of West Africa's rainforests have been destroyed, and many amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana has been working to protect Ghana's critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua), one of the planet's most endangered animals. Only 13 individuals of this species were known to remain but in 2015 we found 15 new individuals, bringing the known population size of this species to 28 total individuals! Thank you to all of the SAVE THE FROGS! donors, volunteers and our staff at SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana for helping us double the frog's population size!

How we are saving these amazing Squeaker Frogs

SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is collaborating with many relevant local organizations and the Amphibian Survival Alliance to save these amazing amphibians from extinction. Extensive logging and farming activities have fragmented the Giant Squeaker Frog's habitat and led to the invasion of a non-native weed (Chromolaena odorata). We seek your financial support so that we can: (1) involve local villagers to remove the non-native invasive weed; (2) establish community tree nurseries to raise seedlings of four native species and plant the seedlings in the Squeaker Frog's habitat; (3) conduct educational programs to ensure villagers, politicians and logging companies understand the importance of protecting these frogs and three other co-occurring endangered frog species. With your support we will disseminate results of our project to tens of thousands of people worldwide to ensure that the plight of the species and our conservation efforts receive wide publicity.

Read more about our Giant Squeaker Frog efforts in this July 2014 FrogLog article.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team finds 15 new Giant Squeaker Frogs

In July 2015, a team of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana researchers found 15 new Giant Squaker Frogs in the Sui Forest, bringing the total known population size of this species to 28 individuals!

"Dear all,
We wish to announce that we've recorded 15 individuals of the Giant Squeaker Frog this year. The team just got back from the field. This discovery now clearly informs us of which areas to focus our habitat restoration exercises. We also took videos that we will edit to make a short documentary. The team will like to take this opportunity to say thank you for the support and encouragement. Cheers."
-- Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Associate Executive Director & Ecologist

"If not for our efforts Sui forest would not be standing. The deforestation rate is not reducing much but it would be worse without our efforts. Our constant presence, conservation education and reporting of illegal activities forced some farmers to abandon their farms. Some of the frogs were found near these areas."
-- Gilbert Adum, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist

Here are some of the new frogs:

This is an illegal farm near the frogs' habitat:Sui River deforestation

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana educational and restoration programs in Western Ghana, June 2014

Volunteers restore habitat of the Ghana's Giant Squeaker Frogs

There is a glimpse of hope at long last for the recovery of Ghana's critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog (Arthroleptis krokosua). From June 15-20th, 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana removed an invasive weed (Chromalaena odorata) and replanted native trees in the Giant Squeaker Frog's only home at the Sui River Forest Reserve. Volunteers helped clear the invasive weed from one of the three critical habitat ranges of the Giant Squeaker Frog. They also assisted SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana to train local school children and villagers on best practices of invasive weed control and enrichment planting. The weed depletes the density of leaf-litter that the Giant Squeaker Frog utilizes for predator escape, breeding activities and protection from desiccation. Thus, clearing and controlling the infestation of the weed will improve the Frogs' habitat conditions, which subsequently will lead to its recovery from the brink of extinction. Volunteers assisted on this project to conduct enrichment planting of 2,000 seedlings in areas where the invasive weed has been removed and other degraded sites. With the success of future funding, SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana together with our local partners will establish community tree nurseries to raise native seedlings. With these seedlings, we will continue to replant in the Giant Squeaker Frog's remaining habitat ranges to quicken the process of its recovery from the brink of extinction. We thank the Rufford Foundation, Stiftung Artenshutz and SAVE THE FROGS! members and donors for funding this project.

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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Program Coordinator Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi with local chiefs and elders:Squeaker Frogs Africa

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Surveying for Giant Squeaker Frogs and Educating Local Youth, 2013

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Video of habitat destruction at home of Giant Squeaker Frog

This amazing video shows the destruction caused by the creation of charcoal in the Squeaker Frog's forest.

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Thanks to our supporters

Our Squeaker Frog efforts have received funding from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, the Conservation Leadership Programme, the Rufford Small Grants Foundation, the German-based Stiftung Artenschutz (Species Conservation Foundation), SAVE THE FROGS! USA and generous donors around the world. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Professor William Oduro, Head of KNUST Wildlife and Range Management Department and the undergraduate students who formed part of the team.

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