Successful survival story of the World’s tiniest frog

24 October 2020 # Hope

Since its discovery in the 1950s, the species has been declared extinct, rediscovered, immediately declared Critically Endangered, then seriously threatened by development, and eventually became the focus of one of the first ever, wholesale relocation projects conducted for an amphibian.

Conservation efforts include relocation, restoration and captive breeding. These measures kept their population intact for this long. The Romer’s tree frog is more secure now than it’s been in years, especially because it’s now finally on the government’s radar. It is still listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List, as its range is severely divided and its habitat is increasingly degraded. However, it now receives at least a modicum of protection: the species is designated a Protected Wild Animal under Hong Kong ordinances, with hunting, collecting or disturbing of its habitat carrying a hefty penalty of HKD $100,000 (USD $12,894).