Frog valley

The latest field survey of the PhD student group (Jason Brown and Evan Twomey) of East Carolina University brought a lot of new discoveries during their 2 months stay at our new field station under construction in the FROG VALLEY (Alto Cainarache Valley), one of the best sites with highest amphibian diversity known in Eastern Peru. The world’s first campesino based frog producer NGO formed by INIBICO and called ASPRAVEP got now this 3862 Ha Faunal Management Concession (the whole Alto Cainarache Valley) from INRENA for 20 years and INIBICO built the new field station and training center at km 34 with a prize won at the World Bank Development Marketplace Project contest in 2002. Getting this concession was a hard and long struggle since 1998 in the bureaucratic jungle of Peru- but finally we made it. In the center of the Cordillera Oriental and totally surrounded by the new protected Regional Park “CERRO ESCALERA” with 120.000 Ha, the Faunal Concession will produce poison frogs, Tree boas Corallus caninus and hortulanus, Phyllomedusas, Butterflies, medicinal plants, orchids and a lot more. Also is included Ecotourism (see: Specialized tourism programs) with frog watching, bird watching and a lot of other activities. We try to finish the field base in 2004 for the student groups and Ecotourists coming in 2005. Scientific investigation (Atelopus pulcher and Corallus caninus survey and rescue) is going on and we must go deeper into glass frog investigation and bioacoustics. The Dendrobatid production lots installed sine 1998 working under license with INIBICO’s sustainable production methods work fine until now and we could recover some populations of the endangered three D. fantasticus variants living in the FROG VALLEY.
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