AIMS

  • To support the conservation of last known wild populations of the frog in Costa Rica, through habitat protection, restoration, and modification, and by developing support for and promoting in-situ conservation work of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre.
  • To support research into the genetics of captive specimens of the species previously obtained from the Costa Rican population, allowing for the sequencing of hereditary genes at such a level that it will allow for the identification of specific bloodlines (Genetic markers relating to individuals and parentage). 
  • To develop husbandry protocols for best practice in maintaining the species ex-situ, through specific research to evaluate natural requirements and assess influences on captive frogs. 
  • To jointly manage Costa Rican specimens in captivity through the development of a detailed stud-book and extend captive-bred specimens of this Critically Endangered species to all collaborative institutions involved, supporting this with shared advice and knowledge of captive maintenance.
  • To promote the conservation of the species by raising public awareness of the species conservational needs through a co-ordinated approach with the media through the publicity departments of all participating institutions and on the web.
  • To support research to assess the overall level of genetic diversity in the wild population using genetic markers that have been developed as part of this project and use related information to assist in both in-situ and ex-situ population management. 
  • To support graduate student educational development and conservation-orientated research opportunities for students in both Europe and Costa Rica, promoting international links between institutions and facilitating future international amphibian research collaborations.
  • To produce a number of peer-reviewed journal publications and publish full details on the specific genetic markers developed for this species as part of this project for the use of the scientific community and other global amphibian conservationists.