Project Atelopus: Conservation of Critically Endangered Amphibians, Colombia

Jose Oswaldo Cortes Herrera

Species Atelopus are Critically Endangered and endemic to Cundinamarca, Colombia. Although extremely poorly known, their current distributions are likely to be highly restricted and their remaining forest habitat is under intense anthropogenic pressure, in order to develop and urgently needed and effective conservation strategy for these species, this student initiative aims to establish their current status through: accurate determination of their distributions; identification of their principal habitat and resource requirements; clear delineation of current threats; As well as to develop conservation and environmental education activities. Ultimately it is hoped to encourage the development and implementation of conservation plans for amphibians and their habitats.

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