Blue Vipers, Endangered Frogs, and Threatened Birds Protected by New Guatemalan Reserve
media release by ABC, Robert Johns
Conservationists are celebrating the establishment of the new 6,000-acre Sierra Caral Amphibian Reserve in Guatemala, which will protect some of the country’s most endangered wildlife. The reserve is home to a dozen globally threatened frogs and salamanders, five found nowhere else in the world, three species of threatened birds, and the recently discovered Merendon Palm-pitviper (Bothriechis thalassinus), an arboreal, blue-toned viper.
Tucked away in the eastern corner of Guatemala near the Caribbean Sea, and running along the Honduran border, the Sierra Caral is an isolated mountain range that is home to numerous rare and endangered animals and plants. Exploration of these mountains has yielded several new discoveries of beetles, salamanders, frogs, and snakes over the past two decades.
The site will offer protections for many birds including threatened species such as: the
Highland Guan, Great Curassow and Keel-billed Motmot. Furthermore, the site is known as a haven for an abundance of migratory birds including the Canada Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Wood Thrush, Painted Bunting, Worm-eating Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush…
(read more: American Bird Conservancy)
(photos: TL - Great Curassow by Greg Homel; TR - Merendon Palm-pitviper by Robin Moore; Mid - Aerial view by Robin Moore; BL - Giant Palm-footed Salamander by Robin Moore; BR - Carlos Vasquez Almazan next to old growth tree by Don Church)