Endangered Amphibian Research in the Highlands of Alta Verapaz Guatemala
We’re here in Alta Verapaz in the Highlands of Guatemala as part of our endangered amphibian research.
A big focus of our work here is to see what the population status of various critically endangered and endangered species of frogs and salamanders are.
There are numerous species up here that are only found in a few mountain ranges and maybe even one mountain range, and we really need your help to help understand what the population status is, to understand what the disease status of these species are.
Many of them have experienced very dramatic declines in their population numbers and densities, and it’s something that we really need to try and understand more so that we can conserve these amazing species.
As an example, one of the species that we find here is the Alta Verapaz spikethumb frog and currently it’s only known from two locations in the world.
Both are on this mountain range and it desperately needs to some help to understand how many there are, how many populations there are even, before it disappears.
Read more in the Field Notes
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This blog is not intended to be used as an identification guide. At Indigo we take the welfare of animals very seriously and identifying which species of amphibian or reptile you are observing is often tricky, especially in the tropics.
Wherever possible we use digital photography to look at identifying features and keep physical contact with these sensitive creatures to a minimum.
Handling of animals should always be carried out by a trained expert, or under the supervision of one. Where necessary and appropriate any handling of sensitive species undertaken by Indigo is carried out under licence from the relevant authorities.
Indigo Expeditions is not in any way suggesting that reptiles and amphibians are handled in the field without a trained expert.
Please ask a professional to help!