Imminent Actions for the Conservation of Endangered and Endemic Bobiri Reed Frog, Eastern Ghana, 2014
We discovered a new population of the endemic and endangered Bobiri reed frog (Hyperolius bobirensis). This new population is believed to be the last known viable population of the species. Its current abundance is estimated to be about 120 individuals and restricted to a single pond in the Atewa Hills forest reserve. Unfortunately, the range of the species is under continuing serious encroachment from illegal small-scale mining and logging.
This project aims to give a fighting chance of survival to this endemic frog. Specifically, we have adopted participatory approach to secure, protect and prevent further encroachment of the species core range. Through collaboration and participation of stakeholder groups, we intend to use locally adapted methods such as soccer for frogs, women in conservation campaign, inter-faith religious meetings, schools and campuses outreach programme among other things to raise targeted awareness on the species plight.
Also training programmes are put in place as part of the strategic approaches for community volunteer groups and students in amphibian identification and monitoring protocols to produce yearly reliable data for the species monitoring.