Conservation Problem

The Chocó biogeographic zone is among the most diverse in the world, with exceptional richness and endemism of plants, reptiles, amphibians, and butterflies.

The Black-breasted Puffleg and nine species of globally threatened amphibians have been recorded in the project area. The fact that these species are still found in this small area is a testament to the extent and complexity of the water systems in the area, the fact that they were relatively undisturbed until this century, and to local conservation efforts.

Unfortunately, there have been no sustained region-wide efforts directed towards the conservation of waterways and therefore these species' habitat is rapidly disappearing because of agriculture, cattle ranching, unplanned development, and other human activities. Community outreach and practical assistance are needed to help communities in planning for long-term management and protection of their most valuable natural resource.


Project Activities

This SOS - Save Our Species project, implemented by the Universidad Tecnológica de Indoamérica (UTI), will focus on both the Black-Breasted Puffleg and the nine species of Endangered amphibians. All actions will be conducted with community involvement as an important component of the project.

For the Black-Breasted Puffleg, the activities will consist in planting six hectares of a combination of food-species, collecting data on puffleg activities, and preparing education modules to help local people identify and conserve the species

For the Endangered amphibians the activities will focus on identifying specific threats to the creek systems, implementing practical ways to conserve waterways, enhancing waterways through reforestation and conducting systematic surveys (to determine species abundance and presence of chytrid fungus)

Project Outcomes

The main goals of this project are to enhance the conservation of nine species of Endangered amphibians, by improving their critical habitat and monitoring their populations; and to enrich and expand the habitat for the Critically Endangered Black-Breasted Puffleg.

SOS - Save Our Species
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