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

Rapid Action Fund

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 tourists…