10,000 endangered frogs die in Peru
Peru is investigating what killed some 10,000 Titicaca water frogs, a critically endangered species affectionately known as the "scrotum frog," in a river that is feared to be polluted, authorities said Monday.
|Dead wrinkly green frogs (Telmatobius culeus) are collected by a National Forestry and |
Wildlife Service staff member on the Coata river bank in Peru [Credit: AFP]
"Based on local residents' statements and samples taken in the days after the incident, it is believed that more than 10,000 frogs were affected over about 50 kilometers (30 miles)," Serfor said in a statement.
The alert was sounded by an environmental group called the Committee Against the Pollution of the Coata River, which accused the authorities of ignoring the river's severe pollution.
To protest, its supporters brought 100 of the dead frogs to the central square in the regional capital, Puno.
|Hundreds of the large, wrinkly green frogs have been found floating on the surface |
of the Coata river in southern Peru [Credit: AFP]
"I've had to bring them the dead frogs. The authorities don't realize how we're living. They have no idea how major the pollution is. The situation is maddening," said Inquilla.
"Why is the state so apathetic? We need a sewage treatment plant now."
The frogs live only in Lake Titicaca, South America's largest lake, and its tributaries.
Known officially as Telmatobius culeus, they got their nickname from their many folds of skin, which help them breathe in their high-altitude habitat in the Andes mountains.
The species is classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which says the population is estimated to have declined by 80 percent in the past 15 years.
Source: AFP [October 18, 2016]