Congratulations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Executive Director Gilbert Adum for winning US$25,000 from the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and €20,000 from Prince Bernhard Nature Fund. The grants will fund SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's efforts to restore and protect habitat for the critically endangered Intermediate Puddle Frog (Phrynobatrachus intermedius) and co-occurring species.
The project’s objective is to restore critical species habitats by educating palm-wine tappers to adopt sustainable practices. Production of palm-wine (a favorite alcoholic beverage in the region) has severely fragmented and led to the drying up of swamps required by P. intermedius for breeding.
Gilbert and his team will conduct amphibian surveys and train local park staff to incorporate surveys in their routine wildlife monitoring activities. Using P. intermedius as flagship species, the project is expected to benefit co-occurring threatened amphibian species such as Ghana River Frog (P. ghanensis) and Yapo River Frog (P. villiersi); as well as non-amphibian species including Forest Elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) and White-breasted Guinea Fowl (Agelastes meleagrides).
Through this grant, the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana team will conduct first-time conservation actions for P. intermedius, including:
- Raise 10,000 native seedlings of raffia palm to restore degraded swamp habitats within and around Ankasa Conservation Area in southwestern Ghana;
- Train at least 100 local palm wine tappers and park rangers in raffia palm plantation and P. intermedius monitoring techniques; and
- Educate an estimated 20,000 local people in surrounding communities about the plight of P. intermedius and importance of protecting the swamps.
The project location, Ankasa Conservation Area (ACA), is the only known home on earth for P. intermedius. Focused surveys in nearby suitable localities (including Tanoé-Ehy Swamp Forest, and Banco and Taï National Parks in neighboring Cote d’lvoire) have failed to record the species.
This makes ACA an Alliance for Zero Extinction site because it is an area that harbors a species in imminent danger of disappearing, that exists only at a single site in the world.
Despite this and the fact that ACA is one of Ghana’s best-protected forests, it is still severely exploited because local communities heavily depend on its Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFPs).
The reviewers of Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund recognize Gilbert’s project as one of the two “Chairman’s Awards” for this round, highlighting the importance of the project. The Fund has previously assisted SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's efforts to protect the critically endangered Giant Squeaker Frog.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is grateful to Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and Prince Bernhard Nature Fund for helping save the Intermediate Puddle Frog!
Thank you also to SAVE THE FROGS! volunteer Romina Vosoughi for assisting with the editing of this article.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana graciously accepts donations, which can be placed securely through the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Donation Page.
Donations to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana are received and administered by SAVE THE FROGS! (USA) and thus are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. As of August 1st, 2019, with the assistance of frog lovers like you, SAVE THE FROGS! has delivered $63,186 to SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana in support of their one of a kind environmental programs.
SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana is West Africa's premier nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation. SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana protects endangered amphibians through research, education, habitat restoration and community engagement, including provision of alternative livelihoods. Together we can SAVE GHANA'S FROGS!
Sandra Owusu-Gyamfi is the SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Campaigns Coordinator.
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