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Reforestation/Habitat Protection crucial for threatened amphibians Conservation on Mt. Nlonako

Reforestation/Habitat Protection crucial for threatened amphibians Conservation on Mt. Nlonako

[one_third][/one_third]Mount (Mt) Nlonako in the southern edge of the Cameroon mountains range is one of the most species rich single locality area in amphibian fauna in Africa (source). It is home to the world’s largest frog Conraua goliath (Goliath frog) and some other 93 amphibian species.

Contrary to the high biodiversity value of this area, Mt. Nlonako is threatened by habitat destruction through logging activities and farm encroachment. The western and northern flanks are heavily cultivated, with the forest destroyed up to an elevation of approximately 1,100m.

This has affected the population density and distribution of amphibians on the mountain. There is therefore a need for a the gazette of the mountain to protect the remaining population of amphibians and other wildlife species for posterity.

There is therefore an urgent need to ensure the – protection of the amphibian habitats on Mount Nlonako area, assess the current threats affecting amphibian distribution and population density and to raise awareness on the importance of amphibians in the Mount Nlonako area.

87,000US$ will amongst others salvage some IUCN-listed critically endangered and endangered species including the Goliath frog (Conraua goliath), Giant pangolin (Phataginus spp) Drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) Chimpanzee(Pan troglodytes elloiti) and some endemic amphibian species from extinction .

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