Help save a species: Harlequin frog
ASU School of Life Sciences’ campaign aims to revive animal thought extinct until recently
The Harlequin frog, a gorgeous frog living in Costa Rica, has a chance to be saved.
With your help.
A tiny population of harlequin frogs (pictured above) was recently rediscovered along a riverbank in Costa Rica when a local kid walked into a biology field station with one in his hand. The researcher on duty immediately recognized what the boy held.
“Not only was it not supposed to be there, it was supposed to be gone,” said Jan Schipper.
Schipper, a conservation and wildlife biologist in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University, is leading the campaign to save the frogs, which are estimated to number in the hundreds.
The harlequin frogs were thought to have gone extinct after populations were wiped out by a fungal disorder. Young frogs aren’t living to the age they can reproduce.
“The population is aging out of reproduction,” Schipper said. “If there is no reproduction, there is no frogs.”
There is time to save them.
But not much time.