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

The cacao robber frog is known to inhabit the Parque Nacional Natural Munchique in Colombia. However, conservation efforts are needed to protect the creature in the wild, and the Colombian authorities need to be made aware of the threat of loss of habitat.

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13. Tandayapa Andes Toad
>Estimated remaining population:
Unknown (decreasing)
>Main habitat/geography:
>Scientific name:
Rhaebo olallai

The Tandayapa Andes toad was thought to have been lost since 1970. It was found in a very remote and difficult to explore area in Ecuador, “in a place the species hadn’t been found before,” according to the Global Wildlife Conservation. The area is just about 500 acres, but open-pit mines are destroying the area, threatening the species’ very existence.

Source: Courtesy of Programa Socio Bosque - Ministerio del Ambiente

Here’s what you can do about it

Those concerned about preserving the toad should express support for the Ecuadorian government’s program called Socio Bosque, which pays landowners to leave the forest intact. That is crucial to the preservation of the species.

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14. Mertens’ Smalltongue Toad
> Estimated remaining population: Unknown (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Cameroon
> Scientific name: Werneria mertensiana

The merten’s smalltongue toad habitat type is forests, rocky areas such as mountain peaks, and wetlands. The species is threatened by agricultural encroachment and human settlement, which have reduced their natural habitat, according to the IUCN. Chytridiomycosis, a disease caused by a fungus, may also be a factor in the reduction of the species.