Tiger Leaf Frog Conservation – Veragua Rainforest, Costa Rica

We spent two nights at Veragua Rainforest after Estacion las Tortugas. During our stay, we learned about a variety of research projects currently under way at the center including a conservation project focused on critically endangered tiger leaf frogs.

Tiger leaf frogs are rare in most of their range (Costa Rica and Panama), but a healthy population inhabits Veragua. Conservation efforts focus on creating reproductive sites, i.e. small ponds surrounded by plants of varying heights, for resident tiger leaf frogs. Our group helped the project by cleaning some of the ponds, counting tadpoles and egg masses, and redistributing plants around the ponds.

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Tiger leaf frog egg mass.
Tiger leaf frog egg mass.
Tiger leaf frog tadpoles.
Tiger leaf frog tadpoles.
Juvenile tiger leaf frog found close to one of the artificial ponds.
Juvenile tiger leaf frog found close to one of the artificial ponds.