The Western Ghats endemic Malabar Tree Toad (Pedostibes tuberculosus) is an endangered species. This project aims to build a long-term conservation strategy for this species and other amphibians by developing local capacity for amphibian surveys and monitoring. The project plans to conduct field-based workshops and awareness programmes, complemented by citizen scientist field surveys to collect information on distribution and ecology of this species, and to make this data available in the public domain. We also hope that this project will pave the way for further citizen-science based projects for amphibian conservation in India.
The goal of this project is to map the distribution and document ecology of the elusive Malabar tree toad through people’s participation. Through the field workshops and outreach activities, we also aim to improve local capacity for monitoring endangered amphibians across the Western Ghats.
Amphibians are undergoing rapid declines around the world due to habitat loss, diseases, and climate change. However, conservation efforts are hampered by the lack of information on distribution and ecology of most species. The need of the hour is to have as many eyes as possible observing these animals in nature.
All that is required for participating in the project is an interest in nature and amphibians.