Why are we conserving frogs?
As of right now we have identified twelve species of frogs that are living and breeding in the Upendo Conservation Area. Frogs are amphibians with permeable skins, so they can easily be affected by pollution in their environment. That is why frogs are often the first animals to be lost when the habitat becomes degraded. As such, they make excellent indicators of ecosystem health.
We care about frogs because they are a vitally important member of our ecosystems. They are both predators and prey, and help to control insect populations that can be pests on human crops. They can be keystone species - so important that their removal will cause major changes in an ecosystem.
Frogs are threatened by a number of human activities, including habitat loss, pollution, climate change, viral and fungal diseases, radiation, and more. Over 30% of frog species are currently at risk of extinction worldwide. Our habitats in western Kenya have been highly fragmented and degraded by commercial agricultural practices, deforestation, and pollution. Our conservation area is within one of the fragments remaining along the Nakhwana River. If we don't conserve our frogs in these fragments, then they will be gone forever.