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Critically endangered Anaimalai flying frog rehabilitation efforts

  • Category
    Environment
  • Published
    19th Aug, 2021

Context

Recently, Frog enthusiast in Kerala has constructed two ponds at Windermere Estate to restore the habitat for the Anaimalai flying frog.

Background

About the Anaimalai flying frog (Racophoruspseudomalabaricus)

  • It is also known as the False Malabar Gliding Frog.
  • Endemic to: Southern part of the Western Ghats.
  • Size:This species is usually larger than the bush frogs: the female can grow up to three inches.
  • Mating period: Between June and October, during the rainy season.
    • The female creates foam nests on leaves, to lay eggs and the male fertilizes them.
    • The outer layer of foam protects the eggs from bacteria, predators, and weather changes.
    • When the eggs hatch, the nest disintegrates and tadpoles drop into the water body below.
  • Threats: Population declined rapidly due to the loss of habitat due to clearing the undergrowth during cardamom plantations.
  • Conservation Status: IUCN Status is Critically Endangered

Wildlife Trust of India (WTI)

  • WTI is a leading Indian nature conservation organization that is committed to the service of nature established in 1998.
  • Its mission is to conserve wildlife and its habitat.
  • Works for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments.
  • WTI works in six priority landscapes, driven by nine key strategies or Big Ideas.
  • Vision: A secure natural heritage of India.
  • Mission: To conserve wildlife and its habitat and to work for the welfare of individual wild animals, in partnership with communities and governments.
  • Motto: In Service of Nature
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