El Valle Amphibian Conservation Foundation (EVACC)
|Panamanian Golden Frogs are classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in the Red List of Threatened Species™ (version 2022-1)|
Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki) – Critically Endangered *
- Also known as the Cerro Campana Stubfoot Toad
- Panamanian Golden Frogs are possibly extinct in the wild.
- In the wild they live in the wet rainforest habitat and dry cloud forests of the Cordilleran Mountains, Panama.
- The Golden Frog is to Panama what the Bald Eagle is to the United States: a national cultural symbol.
- Each frog has a unique pattern which can be used to identify individuals.
- All golden frogs are diurnal, or active during the day.
- Protection comes from their brightly coloured skin, which serves as a warning that their skin is highly toxic if ingested.
- They spend much of their time near mountain streams, perched on moss-covered rocks or climbing in vegetation a few feet above ground level.
- Panamanian golden frogs do some vocalizing – a short chirp when grabbed, a soft trill when calling – and will turn in the direction of other frog calls.
- This would not be extraordinary except for the fact that Panamanian Golden Frogs have no external ears with which to hear!
- They may detect sound instead through their lungs, which are located just beneath the skin and vibrate when sound waves hit them.
- Despite their calls, with the loud background noise of where they live (running water) they mainly communicate by waving at one another.
- In just over a decade, Panamanian Golden Frogs have declined more than 80%, and this can be attributed to habitat loss, poaching, and largely to the amphibian chytrid fungus, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis.
About El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC Foundation)
EVACC is a non-profit , non governmental organization, set up in 2017, in Panama.
Their mission is to ensure the survival of Panamanian amphibian species for generations to come. They do this through:
- Research, breeding, protection, and reintroduction of threatened amphibians.
- By providing community engagement and environmental education through public education, ecotourism, outreach, and capacity‐building.
- By advocating for amphibian conservation and habitat protection.
- By implementing the National Amphibian Conservation Plan (NACP) by employing scientific principles and fostering local and international partnerships.
The EVACC has a technical team with more than 20 years of experience in neo tropical conservation in Panama. They have successfully bred and raised over 30 species of amphibians from 15 distinct genres in captivity, and they have collaborated with many international researchers and have published these findings in scientific journals.
[* current IUCN Red List Category]
(photos by EVACC Foundation/ ej-griffith)
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