IUCN Species of the Day: Goliath Frog

 

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species(tm)

Photo credit: Daniel Heuclin

 

The Goliath Frog, Conraua goliath, is listed as ‘ENDANGERED’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM. This aptly named species is the world’s largest frog and is restricted to a narrow region in west-central Africa.

With trapping methods becoming increasingly sophisticated, harvesting for food has caused the Goliath Frog population to decline. The enormous size of this species has also made it a target for the pet trade, with approximately 300 individuals imported from Cameroon to the United States each year. Additionally, the Goliath Frog is affected by the loss of forest habitat for agriculture, logging, and human settlements, as well as by sedimentation of its breeding streams.

To conserve the Goliath Frog, efforts need to be made to safeguard areas of remaining habitat, and to work with local communities to manage harvests at sustainable levels. If the population continues to decline, a captive breeding programme could be critical to the survival of this species in the long-term.

 

Geographic Range of the Goliath FrogCredit: IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ 

 

To learn more about the Goliath Frog, click here.  Or visit the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ by clicking their logo below.

 

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2 Replies to “IUCN Species of the Day: Goliath Frog”

  1. betty murphy

    I was not aware of this frog before..I am now…Evidently he is not a poisonous species..I didn’t see in text….how close is he to listing as endangered?

    • Sarah Pappin

      Hi Betty— The Goliath Frog is already listed as endangered by the IUCN. I don’t believe they are poisonous. I have seen a few TV shows that show the Goliath Frogs being raced against other frogs here in the US and in Europe. I hope the world’s largest frog will be around for future generations to enjoy. What an awesome creature!

      Sarah

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