Saving the Endangered Goliath Frog in Cameroon

Saving the Endangered Goliath Frog in Cameroon

Project Animal(s) : Goliath Frog
Project Category : Amphibians
Project Region : Africa
Project Type : Conservation
Project URL : https://www.rufford.org/projects/geraud_tasse
Project is timebound? : Yes

Project Start Date : July 21, 2017

The Western and South-Western Cameroonian highlands are known to harbour high amphibian species diversity. Several distinctive anuran faunas converge in this region, partially explaining the high species richness. Among these, Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) continues to be aggressively hunted across its range, despite being protected. Recent report highlighting decline of amphibian in known Cameroon amphibian hotspots (Hirschfeld et al. 2016) further highlights the need to conserve amphibians. Considering the later, this project will initiate the restoration of the depleting amphibian populations, and protect their threatened ecosystems based on changing behaviours in local communities through raising awareness and planning for sustainable protection of this species.
Specifically, it is planned to:

i) Train and build capacity of youths and community leaders towards the conservation of the Goliath frog and management of their ecosystems.

ii) Promote and build community-based institutions.

iii) Develop conservation education packages for the children in the area.

iv) Further the understanding of the Goliath Frog by developing an integrated ecological model using remote sensing.

Project Researcher : Geraud Tasse

Project Researcher Contact : [email protected]