Saving New Zealand’s Threatened Frogs From Mining

You can send this letter to the New Zealand government by visiting the SAVE THE FROGS! Take Action page! Mr. Gerry Brownlee Minister of Economic Development schedule4@med.govt.nz Dear Mr. Brownlee, I am writing to urge you to maintain all Schedule 4 protections on New Zealand’s currently protected conservation areas. These wilderness lands received such protection … Continue reading Saving New Zealand’s Threatened Frogs From Mining

30 New Frog Species Found in Ecuador

Rain Frogs and a Slug-Sucking Snake New to Science but Nearly Extinct –
Scientists Discover Snake and 30 New Frog Species Already Threatened by Global Warming

QUITO, ECUADOR.
A team of American and Ecuadorian scientists working for Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International have discovered a treasure trove of previously undiscovered biodiversity in a rare and dwindling ecosystem in coastal Ecuador. The apparently new species include a blunt-snouted, slug-sucking snake and 30 species of rain frog.

The snake belongs to a small group of serpents that specialize in eating gastropods (snails and slugs) and the closest relative of this intriguing snake is found nearly 350 miles away in Peru. Another snake, a snail-sucker, just discovered by the researchers, was previously found only as close as Panama, more than 600 miles away, and may also be a new species. The snail-sucker was first encountered by a 15-year-old volunteer working with the scientists.

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Over 139 amphibian species identified in Yasuni National Park, Ecuador

Scientists identify Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park as one of the most biodiverse places on Earth

A team of scientists has documented that Yasuní National Park, located in the core of the Ecuadorian Amazon, is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. The new study details how Yasuní shatters world records for a wide array of plant and animal groups, from amphibians to trees to insects.

“Yasuní is at the center of a small zone where South America’s amphibians, birds, mammals, and vascular plants all reach maximum diversity,” said Dr. Clinton Jenkins of the University of Maryland. “We dubbed this area the ‘quadruple richness center.’”

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The Indian Bullfrog: in imminent danger

Hunting, capturing and killing of any frog species is banned in the state of Goa under the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972. Similarly, serving frog meat in restaurants or private establishments is illegal and can result in a fine and/or imprisonment. (Photo of Indian Bullfrog by Nirmal Kulkarni)

Nirmal Kulkarni of Goa Wild Watch brings us this update from Goa, India:

The South West monsoons have swept across the state and pulled a luxuriant green carpet on our wild as well as urban landscapes. Amidst the sprouting of new shoots and the flowering of seasonal herbs are the distinct calls of the frogs that herald the arrival of the monsoons – a season of vibrant life and joy for most species – for most species other than the frogs themselves!

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