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The mountain chicken is one of the largest frogs in the world. It’s the top native predator on its island home of Montserrat and Dominica. But it is also Critically Endangered.

First threatened by habitat loss, introduced predators and over-exploitation, it has been brought to the brink of extinction by the introduction of the fungal disease Chytridiomycosis onto both islands.

The Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme is a collaboration between European conservation institutions and the governments of Montserrat and Dominica to save this species from extinction.

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Treefrog nights!

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Machel Sulton from the Dominica Mountain Chicken Team lets us in on the nights out spent catching treefrogs for the project. The impact of climate change is evident as this year’s weather pattern has been a strange one for most Caribbean countries, with Dominica being no exception. It has been relatively hot, dry and humid but this is no excuse for the Mountain Chicken team not to be out carrying out tree frog surveys. These are little frogs that you … Continue reading