CAPACITY BUILDING - PROTECTING THE FUTURE.
We really enjoy working with young Bolivian biologists and students to give them opportunities in areas of conservation. We organize an amphibian conservation course for young biologists, environmental and veterinary students from different areas of Bolivia, where they participate and learn about working with amphibians. Collectively we can do more! During our field research we invite biologists, local community members and park rangers where we train them in amphibian field skills.
Our dream is to use the central location of Bolivia within South America to become a centre and headquarters where we can invite and train conservationists from across South America.
RAISING AWARENESS - TO KNOW & TO PROTECT.
We know the importance of leaving a legacy that future generations can take on and continue protecting species. Without them the conservation work stops. We organise educational workshops in schools and local communities, giving information about amphibians and their importance. We like to use different publications in the media including newspapers, radio, magazines, books, talks and presentations to reach as many people as possible.
Providing information to the people is a key factor if we want to be successful in conservation.
FIELD WORK - WE NEED THE INFORMATION TO SAVE SPECIES FROM EXTINCTION.
We have studied more than 70 sites across Bolivia! With all the different species found in the sites we are collecting information to help protect them. Of all species found during field the key information that we collect is:
- Water quality
- Relative abundance
- Prey items used
- Habitat characteristics
- Reproductive status
- Threats to each species
CAPTIVE BREEDING - IT IS EXPENSIVE AND IT IS TIME CONSUMING, BUT IT CAN SAVE A SPECIES.
Some amphibian species survive today solely because of successful breeding programs and in Bolivia it is no different. After learning successful husbandry techniques, the goal of this component is to learn from captive populations of the threatened Bolivian amphibian species for future reintroductions if they are required.
We also want to use the captive facilities to give the best chance to frogs that have been confiscated from the illegal food and 'medicine' trade.