Gathering the evidence needed to conserve critical habitat for Vietnam’s most threatened amphibians

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  The challenge Mount Fansipan is a critical habitat for the Botsford’s leaf-litter frog Leptobrachella botsfordi and Sterling’s toothed toad Oreolalax sterlingae, Viet Nam’s only Critically Endangered amphibians. Both species were described in 2013 from a stream on the mountain, and while Sterling’s toothed toad is also found in a nearby district, Botsford’s leaf-litter frog is endemic to this particular area. The habitat is facing threats associated with tourism. There is garbage and run off from a campsite used by…

Strengthening mitigation measures to protect the Sulawesi crested black macaques

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  The challenge The Sulawesi crested black macaque occurs on northeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia and the adjacent islands of Pulau Manadotua and Pulau Talise. It is threatened by habitat loss and from hunting, both for bush meat and for live animal trade. The species can be found in several protected areas, but Tangkoko Nature Reserve is the most likely viable natural population remaining. The global COVID-19 pandemic has reduced funding for the reserve and led to an increase in agricultural expansion…

Survey for Delacour’s Langurs

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  The challenge Delacour’s Langur has small and fragmented populations, with the only viable population being in the Van Long Nature Reserve. Contiguous to the nature reserve is approximately 1,000 hectares of unprotected land where a few groups of langur can be found. This land is unprotected and intended to be used for tourism development and limestone quarrying. If the unprotected land was protected, it would represent a 50% increase of protected langur habitat from the Van Long Nature Reserve….

Continuing breeding programmes at Cikananga Conservation Breeding Centre

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  The challenge CCBC has conservation breeding programmes for three ASAP songbirds, all of which are on the brink of extinction in the wild. Maintaining sustainable populations with the intention of future release is pivotal for the conservation of these species. These programmes are normally funded through zoological associations. However, due to the economic impacts of COVID-19 on the zoo community, this funding has been significantly reduced. On top of this, knock-on effects of COVID-19 have increased the price of…

Project Palaka: Phase II

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  The challenge The Gigantes Wrinkled Ground Frog Platymantis insulatus is only found on the relatively remote Gigantes Islands, which sit within the larger Western Visayas archipelago in the Philippines. The frog lives in limestone karst forests and caves and is under threat from habitat changes. Guano mining and quarrying of limestone are particularly detrimental. Because of the remote location of the species and time it takes to get to Gigantes, the population dynamics of species are relatively unknown. As…

Bali Starling Nusa Penida wild population stabilisation and expansion

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  The challenge In Nusa Penida, where there is a lack of natural nest hollows, Friends of National Parks Foundation (FNPF) engage international volunteers to install and maintain a network of nest boxes. These nest boxes, found across public, private and religious lands, allow the Bali Starling population to breed. If the nest boxes do not get regular upkeep, they are quickly overrun by bees, snakes, rats and geckos. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic travel restrictions, there are no international…