The Togo slippery frog occurs in only two isolated sites in Ghana and along the Ghana and Togo-border. It faces extinction threats from harvest, habitat loss and fragmentation. The frog's meat is a major protein source for rural communities and therefore severely hunted. Also its forest habitat is under continuing decline from farming, logging and mining. Only a few individuals of this frog remains, thus urgent conservation intervention is needed to save it from extinction.
Herp Ghana and its partners are working to reduce and possibly halt the consumption of this frog as bush meat by rural communities. We are doing this by providing them with an alternative income source in ecotourism and encouraging them to adopt conservation sensitive behaviors.
The education and awareness tools we use is unique, involving the use of religion to inspire species conservation-it is called conservation evangelism. Conservation evangelism has proven to be very successful in engaging communities to conserve species in Ghana.
Also to reverse, the destruction that has previously been done to the frog's habitat, we are working with the local communities to plant indigenous trees particularly around the streams where the frog lives.
At the end of this project a new protected area would have been established that will secure the long term protection of this species whilst providing an alternative source of income for the local people through livelihoods in ecotourism.
This protected area would be the first that has been established solely to protect a frog species in West Africa.
Also, thanks to an innovative conservation awareness and behavior change program, majority of the people in the communities would have switched their preference for frog meat to other sources of protein reducing significantly the threat of harvest.
Also, in conjunction with the local people 10hectares of degraded frog habitat would be restored by the end of the project increasing both the extent and quality of the species habitat. By achieving these outcomes this project will directly guarantee the long term survival of this critically endangered frog.
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