This project emerged as an attempt to identify and locate the so-called 'lost amphibians' or those species that have disappeared from the scientific radar from a significant amount of time (sometimes decades). Since 2106, Andrés Jiménez Monge has been working in conjunction with Dr. Felipe Montoya on a database of amphibians and reptiles occurring in the ASBC.
This initiative was born after encountering a particular species (Atelopus various) during a walk with students during the Las Nubes field course. Since then, several endemic and endangered species of amphibians and reptiles have been spotted by local communities in ASBC. The development of this focal citizen science project can help track endangered species populations whilst creating new meanings within the community in order to support the conservation.
The Alexander Skutch Biological Corridor (ASBC) is an Ark (ARCA in Spanish) of biodiversity, with abundant plants and invertebrates, over 300 species of birds and a great variety of mammals. ASBC is also a preferred space for amphibians and reptiles. We invite you to participate in ARCA, sharing your photographs (On our facebook page). With this, we will create an inventory of amphibians and reptiles (frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards, caecilians, iguanas, snakes, turtles) found in ASBC, and at the same time will work on the education and protection of these species.
Andrés Jiménez Monge is a biologist with a deep passion towards herpetology, a keen eye for photography and a strategic vision for problem solving. Andres started working on conservation and environmental management when he was fifteen years old, with his effort in the field award him as Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leader by the International Found for Animal Welfare and the United States Wildlife and Fisheries Service. He strives towards improving the way environmental management implements environmental solutions; his passion for environmental problem solving has directed his work to strategy, business development, project management theory and change management in environmental transformation projects. His research seeks to help redefine how humans relate with wildlife, focusing on well-being and saving “the ordinary”. He can be contacted via email at: andresjmo (-at-) gmail.com. His personal photo blog is available at: www.razaverde.com