Save Panama’s Imperilled Harlequin Frog from Extinction

Project Cost: $385,061

Funding Raised: $385,061

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Nearly one acre of forest is lost every second


Thanks to generous support from our donors, we have successfully reached our fundraising goal for this project.

Stop Rapid Deforestation

Rainforest Trust needs your help to more than triple the size of the Cocobolo Nature Reserve in Panama, which encompasses a lush combination of intact tropical rainforest and cloud forest. Cattle ranching and commercial farming are rapidly increasing in the region, encroaching on the 250-acre reserve and fragmenting nearby habitat. Without immediate expansion, these harmful activities will continue unchecked and the forest surrounding the Cocobolo Nature Reserve will be lost forever.

A critical portion of the world’s third largest biodiversity hotspot, the Cocobolo Nature Reserve was established to protect threatened species like Limosa Harlequin Frog (CR), Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (EN), and Baird’s Tapir (EN) from habitat loss. Header Photo: Limosa Harlequin Frog, by Michael Roy.




Limosa Harlequin Frog (CR); Tabasara Rainfrog (CR); Ectopoglossus Isthminus (EN); Geoffroy’s Spider Monkey (EN); Baird’s Tapir (EN)

(CR)=Critically Endangered, (EN)=Endangered


Conservation through Research Education and Action (CREA)

154,034 mT*
*(metric tonnes of CO2 equivalents)

Protect Panama’s Tropical Rainforest

We are teaming up with our local partner, Conservation through Research Education and Action (CREA), to purchase 819 acres of forest–– expanding the reserve to protect 1,069 total acres.

The expanded reserve will be home to at least 400 bird species, 78 reptile species, 54 amphibian species and 93 mammal species and 53 bat species. Five primate species are found here, as well as five cat species and a myriad of ancient plant species.


Save the Harlequin Frog

In addition to the wide range of biodiversity, your support of this expansion will also help the Cocobolo create a stronghold for the Limosa Harlequin Frog. Endemic to Panama, the Limosa Harlequin Frog has been forced out of most of its range due to chytridiomycosis disease, a fungal pathogen that has decimated amphibian populations worldwide.

The reserve is habitat for 200 individuals of the frog, one of the last known wild breeding populations. Cocobolo is among the last areas where this species has been confirmed. Photos: (Above) Mamoni Valley, by CREA; (Below) Baird’s Tapir, by Mark Kostich/Shutterstock.


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