A new rare frog species has been found! The special frog, Theloderma cf. corticale, is an uncommon species and very hard to spot as it is cleverly camouflaged.
The frog was accidentally discovered by one of Harapan Rainforest’s field guide staff while "tree hugging" during a nature hike on a new Forest Trail. (When you look at the below photo you can begin to understand how that might be the case!)
IUCN lists Theloderma cf. corticale as a Data Deficient species, which is the case for many amphibian species in this generally under-researched taxa group.
Theloderma is a genus of frogs in the family Rhacophoridae, subfamily Rhacophorinae. They are only found in South, Southeast and East Asia. They are sometimes known as bug-eyed frogs or warty treefrogs.
This now makes a total of 39 amphibian species found in Harapan Rainforest to date (6 of which are Near Threatened). This number will undoubtedly rise as we learn more about this vast regenerating tropical forest so watch this space as the year progresses...
Back in November we broke the news that a coal road had been proposed to run straight through the middle of Harapan. Since then we’ve been working away behind the scenes to try and ensure that this doesn’t happen.
There’s not much to update you on at the moment – we’ve written again to the Government and we’re currently trying to secure a meeting with the Minister of Forestry. Meanwhile the team on the ground are continuing to rally support against the road. When we know more we'll be sure to let you know.
In the meantime though, we thought it’d be great to share with you a little reminder of why we’re working to protect and restore this piece of forest on the other side of the world...
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that we’re forever encouraging you to think about rainforests when you shop and to choose products with the Rainforest Alliance frog on them. Well, I’m pleased to say that we’re going one step further for rainforests and we’re now fully fledged members of the Sustainable Agriculture Network (SAN).
What’s that got to do with Rainforest Alliance? Well, the SAN set the standard for sustainable agriculture and it’s their criteria that decides whether or not a product gets the coveted frog stamp. So what will we be doing? We’ll be a member of the SAN board and we’ll be working with the other members to evaluate the standard and make sure it’s the best that it can be, for people, wildlife and the wider environment as a whole.
To fit nicely alongside that, we’re also working with the Rainforest Alliance on a project around the Gola Rainforest National Park. This work will improve the livelihoods of the people living in the communities around the edge of the Gola Rainforest through growing and selling rainforest-friendly cocoa and avoiding deforestation..