These Wild Animals Are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate — Here’s What You Can Do About It

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Here’s what you can do about it

Start a petition protesting the practice of illegal gold mining to pressure officials in French Guiana and make them aware of the threat to Degranville’s Rocket Frog.

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9. Krokosua Squeaking Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Up to 249 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Ghana, Guinea
> Scientific name: Arthroleptis krokosua

The Krokosua squeaking frog survives in several reserves across Ghana and Guinea. The vegetation of Ghanaian reserves has been disturbed by logging activities, farming, mining, and illegal plantations, imperiling the Krokosua squeaking frog. Wildfires also have destroyed the frog’s’ habitat, and an aggressive invasive weed threatens its existence.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Encourage the government of Ghana to increase funding to accelerate the removal of the invasive “devil weed.” Ghana’s Department of Wildlife and Range Management has created a program called “Save the Frogs! Ghana” to address the issue. The department is also doing more advocacy to protect the habitat from further logging, agriculture, and mining.

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10. Patagonia Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (increasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Ghana, Guinea
> Scientific name: Atelognathus patagonicus

As the name might indicate, the Patagonia frog is native to Argentina. The main threat to the frog is reduction of its natural habitat — wetlands, shrubland, and grassland. This is caused by livestock drinking from the lagoons and grazing on the aquatic vegetation, which the frog depends on. The introduction of invasive predatory fish has also depopulated the frog.

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Here’s what you can do about it

People can help protect the Patagonia frog by supporting the efforts of the Argentine National Park Laguna Blanca that started in 2007 to reduce and control invasive fish at the White Lagoon in Argentina, one of the frog’s habitats. The Argentine agency is also building a survival colony for the frog before the species is reintroduced to the White Lagoon.