Hello my name is Mankaa Grace Niba an amphibian researcher in Cameroon. In recent a research I carried on the Goliath frog (Conraua goliath) in the Mungo division of Cameroon in 2016 shows that this species is at the brim of local extinction in this area. The main reason for this rapid population decline is due to the fact that this frog is heavily hunted in the area for commercial purpose. During my research nine hunters were identified hunting this frog. In an interview with them their main reason for hunting this Critically Endangered species is because they have to send their children to school.
My visit to this site in November 2017 was a
sad one. I realised that even though schools has resume in Cameroon for the
academic year 2017/2018 since two months ago, the children of these hunters
were not going to school. When interviewed on why their kids were not in
school, they said their main reason why their kids were not in school is the
lack of money to pay for tuition fee. In order to manage this situation, they (hunters)
are forced to go hunting each night to catch the Goliath frog at least 20 frogs
a night to sell and raise the money for tuition fee.
The Goliath frog is found only in Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea and in Cameroon it is found only in the Mungo division of Cameroon. From the research conducted in 2016, it is estimated that these hunters catch approximately 20,000 frogs each year to help send their children to school. At this unsustainable rate of hunting, the Goliath will go extinct locally in the next 5years if something is not done to reverse the current situation.
In a bit to help save this frog I am soliciting for your donation to help educate 10 underprivileged children of nine hunters in the Mungo division and simultaneously save the Goliath frog from extinction in Cameroon.