Occurring only in an area less than half the size of Manhattan Island, this limbless amphibian is threatened by the destruction of its forest habitat, which is also negatively affecting local communities.
The Sagalla Caecilian is currently the most endangered caecilian in the world, being the only one that was classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species at the time the project began. Since 2013, it has since been "downgraded" to Endangered - which refers to an improvement in its conservation status.
This SOS - Save Our Species project was implemented by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) as part of its EDGE of Existence Programme to conserve the world's most extraordinary threatened creatures.
This project rehabilitated degraded areas within the forest and the surrounding riverine areas by replacing invasive plants with native vegetation. This provided benefits for both the caecilian and the people of Sagalla.
The project's main objectives were to improve the habitat of this species. This was done by putting in place management plans to control soil erosion and by mobilizing local communities to become directly involved in existing forest management initiatives. The project staff also collected more and better information about the Sagalla Caecilian and remove the invasive Eucalyptus plantations. More generally the project also increased local awareness and capacity-building around these conservation issues.