Focusing On The Conservation of Ecosystems, Habitats & Wildlife

Study Suggests El Nino and a Pathogen Were The Result of The Golden Toad’s Extinction

After an extremely dry season in Costa Rica in 1986-1987, the golden toad suddenly vanished. Originally scientists thought the combination of global warming and the deadly chytrid fungus was to blame, but recent studies suggest that El Nino was the trigger and a pathogen killed the Costa Rican toad that resulted in the extinction.

Photo found on the 7th Space Interactive Web: Click on Photo to Read Article

The new paper, in the March 1 issue of the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the dry conditions (the driest it’s been in a hundred years) caused the toads to congregate in a small number of puddles to reproduce, prompting the disease to spread rapidly.The fungus apparently kills frogs and toad by release poison and attacks their skin and teeth.

Sea Turtles of Tortuguero

The Sea Turtles of Tortuguero are absolutely the main attraction of Tortuguero National Park.

If you plan on visiting the beach at night to see the spectacular sight of these marvelous creatures laying their eggs, a guide will accompany you to the beach (no one is allowed on the beach unaccompanied after 6:00 pm).

To learn more about the different types of turtles that visit Tortuguero and their nesting schedule CLICK HERE.

Ridley Turtle Conservation in Ostional, Costa Rica

The Ostional Wildlife Refuge, which was developed by the Costa Rican government, allows villagers to harvest Olive Ridley Turtle eggs, but under strict guidelines.

Overall, the number of Olive Ridley nests have grown substantially each year due to a number of partners involved in The Egg Harvest Project (EHP).

To Read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo below.

Arribada of Olive Ridley females, crawling up a beach to nest above the high tide level. (Source NOAA, Michael Jensen).