The golden poison frog, an incredible creature with enough poison to kill 10 people, is an Endangered species being driven to edge of extinction… until now
Meet conservationist Luis Gabriel Mosquera, who is working in the Chocó Rainforest in western Colombia, establishing the first conservation project to protect the Endangered golden poison frog – one of the world’s deadliest creatures.
The Chocó Rainforest is a biodiversity hotspot and home to the only wild population of golden poison frog (Rana terribilis). The skin of this small, vibrant frog is drenched in enough poison to kill two bull elephants, but this incredible species was completely unprotected until Fundación ProAves created a protected reserve.
Although only in its early stages, the project aims to demonstrates that nature conservation and community development can create environmental and social change. Timbiquí, where the frog is found, is in one of the poorest regions of the country and was until recently plagued by armed conflict that reached a climax between 2008 and 2011 when the area became a hotbed of coca cultivation to produce cocaine.
This has had a devastating impact on the region’s people and their forest – now it’s time to discover whether this iconic and awe-inspiring frog can bring a brighter future.