Fourteen Loa water frogs were taken to Santiago zoo in 2019. “The story of the Loa water frogs is a cautionary tale,” Don Church, president of Global Wildlife Conservation, said in a statement, “one that should spur us to action for all other water frog species before they also potentially decline to only a few individuals left.”. In 2019, the last known 14 Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were evacuated from a swiftly vanishing stream in northern Chile. The most famous of the water frogs is perhaps Romeo, “the loneliest frog in the world” as he is the last known male Sehuencas water frog (Telmatobius yuracare). Malnourished and dry in their changing habitat, they have been relocated to the National Zoo of Chile. Rare Bolivian glass frogs seen for first time in 18 years, Hundred-year-old whisky bottles found in house walls. They can comfortably perch on a human finger, as they rarely grow longer than two inches. 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At the beginning, we didn’t know if the eggs were fertile or not, but we noticed right away that these eggs turn into larvae very fast. The critically endangered frogs normally live in a river near the city of Calama but as the city developed the water became polluted and dried up. The threats to the Loa water frog are common throughout northern Chile, where water is a scarce resource, drought has been unrelenting, and additional pressure comes from multiple human sources. Mr Lobos had said last year that one of the problems of conservation efforts for the Loa water frog was getting attention for the species. Chile, Ecuador and Peru. Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. In general, Titicaca water frogs prefer a mixed bottom; either a muddy or sandy bottom with some rocks, or with plenty of aquatic plants and some rocks. If you value this objective and impact-driven journalism, please consider becoming a sustaining member. The Loa water frog was once found only in a single stream in Chile, and experts estimate that there may be between just 5 and 8 individuals still alive in the wild. But until they have a safe home to go to, they will remain in the protection of the zoo. Once the frogs reached the zoo, experts there faced the challenge of recreating the water environment of their home stream and figuring out what to feed them. The frogs caught a ride in the cockpit of a commercial flight from their dwindling habitat in Chile’s driest desert to the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago. The Loa Water Frog (Telmatobius dankoi) is a critically endangered frog from Chile. That is where the team at Chile's National Zoo has received some help from their colleagues at Bolivia's Museum of Natural History "Alcide d'Orbigny" in Cochabamba. And in case words were not enough, a Spotify account under Romeo's name also offered an uplifting playlist for the Loa water frogs including titles such as Al Greens' "Take Me to the River", Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You) and Elton John's "I'm Still Standing". Many water frogs are microendemic, meaning that their habitat is found in one small location. We depend on support from users like you. Fourteen Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were airlifted to the zoo in 2019 after they were found in a muddy puddle, all that was left of their habitat in Chile's Atacama desert. The two are now living together, and the hopes of their species hinge on their successful romance. Mining and human settlements have degraded their natural habitat. They are found only in 1 location, Las Cascadas along the Loa River. Mongabay is a U.S.-based non-profit conservation and environmental science news platform. The Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny in Bolivia, where the star-crossed lovers live, recently released a letter of encouragement from Romeo to the Loa water frogs in Chile. Last year in 2010,… Continue reading Last Known Loa Water Frogs Reproduce! Last year, a letter "from the desk of Romeo" offered some encouraging words to the Loa water frogs: "I know you're far from home. The Loa water frog is considered critically endangered by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and was once found only in a single stream in Chile. Not only was their approach successful - a mate was found for the lonely frog - but the team behind Romeo has also been helping out other frogs in need. Sadly, the river has become inhabitable for the frogs. “We put two couples together, and we got about 200 eggs. Gabriel Lobos, who with Andrés Charrier has spent years studying the Loa water frogs, told local media that the challenge now was to restore the frogs' habitat to allow their return to the wild. After the care and feeding is successfully determined, the final step is reintroducing the species back into its native habitat. A 'lost baby' in a battle over love and religion, .css-q4by3k-IconContainer{display:none;height:1em;width:1em;vertical-align:-0.125em;margin-right:0.25em;}playHundred-year-old whisky bottles found in house walls. “So we’re very happy, learning again, trying to discover what these tadpoles need … the food that they need and the nutritional requirements … but it’s a challenge.”. Researchers believe fewer than a dozen Loa water frogs remain in their native habitat. Many of these species, like the Loa water frog, are microendemic, which means they live in just one small place. However, in 2017, Romeo was united with Juliet, the last known female of the species. “Humans got us into this mess,” the letter says, “but since your human friends at the zoo are like mine at the museum and all over the world, you’ll know that so many of them are committed to fixing this mess. Antarctic ice melt related to tropical weather shifts: Study, Tropical forests can take the heat, study finds. Because water frogs … DONATE HERE. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs produced 200 offspring in Santiago zoo. What happens to your body in extreme heat? Does Biden's new team better reflect America? A healthy Loa water frog in 2015 (left), compared to the malnourished Loa water frogs (right) rescued this month from their dried-up habitat in Chile and taken to the National Zoo of Chile to be nursed back to health. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. “The zoo’s specialists not only nursed the animals back to health after they were discovered malnourished and near-death in the wild last year, but they have now succeeded in breeding a new generation of a species that has very nearly vanished,” Lina Valencia, Global Wildlife Conservation’s Andes conservation officer, said in a statement. Our biweekly podcast delivering news & inspiration from nature’s frontline. 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Fourteen Loa water frogs (Telmatobius dankoi) were airlifted to the zoo in 2019 after they were found in a muddy puddle, all that was left of their habitat in Chile's Atacama desert. The Loa water frogs, a tiny and beguiling dark-spotted amphibian also known as Telmatobius dankoi, mated between Oct 11 and Oct 12. Staff at the National Zoo of Chile in Santiago nursed 12 of the amphibians back to health and helped them produce 200 eggs. Photo by the Metropolitan Park of Santiago Parquemet. While the zoo has successfully bred the species, the next step is to determine how to care and feed the tadpoles. The Loa water frogs, a tiny and beguiling dark-spotted amphibian also known as Telmatobius dankoi, mated between Oct. 11 and 12. Loa frogs, or Telmatobius dankoi, are brownish and quite small. In 2019, that stream had dried into little more than a mud puddle. The 14 specimens left in a muddy puddle were dehydrated and malnourished and with their habitat threatened by illegal water extraction for mining, agriculture and real estate development, the decision was taken to transfer them 1,500km to the south to Chile's National Zoo in the capital, Santiago. But look, there are lots of reasons to be hopeful, there are 14 of you.". Experts say there may be between five and eight individuals still living in the wild. The Loa frogs are the last of their species, but there are 63 other species of water frogs (Telmatobius spp.) Fast,” Alejandra Montalba, director of the National Zoo of Chile, told Mongabay. The land that includes the muddy pool where the frogs were found, for example, was recently sold to a real estate developer. Read about our approach to external linking. © 2020 BBC. .css-1xgx53b-Link{font-family:ReithSans,Helvetica,Arial,freesans,sans-serif;font-weight:700;-webkit-text-decoration:none;text-decoration:none;color:#FFFFFF;}.css-1xgx53b-Link:hover,.css-1xgx53b-Link:focus{-webkit-text-decoration:underline;text-decoration:underline;}Read about our approach to external linking. The entire population of one of Chile's rarest frogs once lived quite happily—whatever happiness might look like for a frog—in a single stream. Fourteen Loa water frogs were taken to Santiago zoo in 2019 Conservationists in Chile are celebrating after a group of critically endangered Loa water frogs produced 200 offspring in Santiago zoo. Now, after more than a year of meticulous care, they have produced 200 tadpoles. Considered critically endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Loa water frog is thought to live only in one stream in Calama, Chile. 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Many are endangered or threatened and all are considered microendemic, meaning they live in only one small location such as a particular stream or lake. It’s the first time that these particular species [has] reproduced in an ex situ condition,” Montalba said. 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All Loa water frogs shared their home in a single stream in the Atacama desert, but most of their limited water supply has been extracted for nearby mining, agriculture, and real estate development. Desperate to find a mate for "Romeo", a Sehuencas water frog which was believed to be the last of his species, the team at Alcide d'Orbigny gained worldwide publicity for their search when they placed a dating ad for Romeo. The river had dried up to illegal extraction of water for mining, agriculture, and urban development. Now, the zoo is home to 200 tadpoles, and the team faces the challenge of raising these young into healthy individuals. (Left photo by Claudio Soto Azat. Quiz of the Year, part one: Can you even remember January? 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