Saving frogs at DANAPURE Wetland, Colombia

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Last updated: June 16th, 2023

Dendropsophus colombianus, in moderate danger of extinction

During field work, some students observed a gelatinous sack with tiny eggs in the pool. Their biology teacher, Beatriz Angel, explained that it was a mucilage that held eggs of a frog species. Because it was unlikely they would survive because of the cleaning chemicals, we decided to bring them to the laboratory for supervision by the teacher and students. After two months they were tadpoles with their extremities in the final phase of development and their front legs finished. Their tails disappeared, taking advantage of them for the nourishment and energy, and allowing them to adjust to their final form as amphibians.

With standardized conditions of the process of metamorphosis in a time of about 4 months, the teachers and students of the Environmental Research Group began the liberation of 54 rescued frogs with great excitement. They were placed in 2 areas, one being the micro-ecosystem of the wetland for their protection and adaptation, and in other ecosystems such as creeks and forests where we have been able to monitor and observe them in their adult life.

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