The Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, also known as Bd is a chytrid fungus, which already affects more than 35% of the world amphibians, without sparing the frogs of Ecuador or any of the geographical areas hosting Anurans, Salamander and Amphibian.
Climate change, alteration and reduction of the natural habitat of these areas are apparently the main reasons for the allocation and decline of populations, especially in the tropical zone.
Despite this alarming observation, a glimmer of hope came back after the incredible rediscovery of one of the most famous Ecuador frogs in the Andes: the Atelopus ignescens (Bufonideae), which was thought to have been extinct for over 30 years.
The Ecuadorian team of the JAMBATO Centre is the source of this great and exciting news, giving hope to the scientific community and the world to be able to find some species that are supposedly been missing forever.
During our naturalistic or herpetological tours, our photographic courses and some of our family tours or tailor-made trips, we suggest the visit of this innovative centre, which focuses its activity on Bio-commerce and reinvests a large part of its profits in research and conservation projects related to the neo-tropical herpetofauna.A different and avant-garde initiative that directly benefits scientists, anuran lovers and Ecuadorian biodiversity.
Texts: Xavier Amigo/Travel Agency Ecuador Experience
Photos: Xavier Amigo/Travel Agency Ecuador Experience