|Date||14 Oct 2020|
The Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) known as the largest frog on earth is a good example of the Cameroon and Africa iconic biodiversity. This endemic species from Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea is classified Endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of the Nature (IUCN, 2019), mainly from the evidence of continuous population decline across its range and difficulty in observing adults in the wild. In Cameroon, this frog is officially protected by the law, however, it continues to be intensively hunted because of its size for meat/protein and associated traditional beliefs. As the human population continues to grow, the construction of new roads provides hunters with more access to the Goliath frog habitat and also increases habitat fragmentation. This is coupled with an ongoing socioeconomic crisis in the western part of Cameroon forcing resettlement of population in nearby regions and potentially increasing hunting pressure on Goliath frog. Our work suggested there is potential for Goliath frog conservation in Cameroon by improving knowledge of locals about amphibians. However, during our interactions with various communities, there was a general feeling of aversion toward amphibians. Working among locals revealed that pupils, students and other stakeholders do not know much about amphibians and are either terrified or are not comfortable talking about them. This new initiative will therefore endeavour to the followings:
• Obtain updated data on the occupation and population status of the Goliath frog across its range within Cameroon to assess population trends in localities where historical data is available
• Quantify habitat requirements, such as riparian vegetation cover and potential threats as deforestation adjacent to rivers and infrastructure construction;
• Understand spatial and socio-economic drivers of frog hunting pressure across the Goliath range;
• Explore solutions to alleviate hunting pressure through workshops with stakeholders across the range of the Goliath Frog;
• Provide education sessions for various stakeholders to raise awareness on the need to conserve Goliath frog and amphibians in general.
Read about Tasses' previous project https://www.rufford.org/projects/tasse_taboue_geraud_canis or for more information contact: