It is a common trend, as a result of global warming, hunting, and littering, that several species across the world are on the decline. Now, a group of international scientists are coming together to help one of these endangered species.
Telmatobius culeus, better known by its unfortunate nickname “the scrotum frog”, has been in decline for years. According to CNN, it has been difficult to estimate how many are left today, however, from 1994 to 2004 the population fell by 80% as reported by the International Union for Conversation of Nature.
Metro UK reported that about 10 000 of the frogs were killed in 2016, in an unexplained occurrence.
The scrotum frog, the world’s largest entirely aquatic frog, which has loose skin that creates folds (resulting in its name), most commonly live near Lake Titicaca. The lake is between the border of Peru and Bolivia.
These frogs can grow up to 20 centimetres, and are endangered due to humans hunting them for consumption and the destruction of their natural habitat.
CNN reported that the condition of the lake is continuously degrading. Over 90% of the populations, in certain parts of the lake, may have already disappeared.
To ensure that the world doesn’t lose the scrotum frog, scientists are launching a project to preserve them.
In a Facebook post, Bolivia’s Natural History Museum said: “In a coordinated effort, the governments of Bolivia and Peru, with the support of the United Nations Development Program (PDP) and the financing of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), have formed a cross-border team for conservation and knowledge of the emblematic Giant Rana of Titicaca with the vision of the species having a long-term future.”
“This team is composed of institutions from several countries such as the Museum of Natural History Alcide d ‘Orbigny, the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia, the Denver Zoo, Natural Way-Peru and the Zoology Museum of the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador lead of the Science Foundation that will work together to fill the information gaps presented by the knowledge of this emblematic frog,” they explained.
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