Dr. Luis Coloma and his team at Centro Jambatu in Ecuador are instigating a new project to conserve the endangered Prince Charles Stream Tree Frog (Hyloscirtus princecharlesi) and its native habitat in the Ecuadorian forests. The main goal of the project is to develop activities that will result in the long-term conservation of the Prince Charles Stream Treefrog, including strategies in the wild and in captivity.
The objectives of this ambitious project are to:
- buy the land where the species lives
- begin a monitoring and research program of the population (where some individuals were sighted in 2011)
- to restore and enrich the habitat so the population can have opportunities to grow
- to analyze the incidence of pathogens
- to implement a captive survival-assurance colony
- to acquire knowledge on behavior and reproduction
- to set up a public exhibit of this and other endangered Ecuadorian frogs to raise awareness about the importance of tropical forest and frogs
- to produce a web page with education materials such as a field guide of stream treefrogs and a web site of Hyloscirtus princecharlesi.