Several species of tree frog found only in a national park in northern Honduras are in danger of disappearing forever due to an invasive fungus and illegal logging. But an experimental new conservation effort might give the amphibians a leg up.
The high cloud forest of Cusuco National Park harbors rich biodiversity, but that treasure trove of plants and animals is under assault, says Jonathan Kolby, a National Geographic explorer and Ph.D. student in conservation biology at Australia’s James Cook University.
Among the threatened animals are three species of tree frogs, the exquisite spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla exquisita), the Cusuco spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla dasypus), and the mossy red-eyed frog (Duellmanohyla soralia). (Read more about these frogs and efforts to save them.)