Leading herpetologist at the Bolivian Museum of Natural Sciences, Teresa Camacho Badani, together with her team, found five individuals of the rarest species of seuenkas frogs (Telmatobius yuracare) in the depths of the misty forests. This was a double event for the world of science - scientists were able to prove that the species is not yet extinct, and they got a chance to find a bride for Romeo. For ten years, he was considered the last and therefore incredibly lonely representative of this species of frog.
Romeo is known in the scientific community as a living example of the beginning of the sixth mass extinction of wildlife on Earth. The reason for this is climate change, for example, in Bolivia, for example, 22% of all frogs are on the verge of extinction due to the drying up of their habitat and the spread of fungal infections. Scientists believe that amphibians will become the most massive victim of extinction, accounting for 40% of all deaths. And a third of this number of amphibians have actually disappeared and are not able to restore their population.
In the absence of a female, Romeo was destined to become the last in the family, but even now, when other representatives of his species have been found, the chances for the revival of the seuenkas remain symbolic. The scientists did what they could - first they launched a Twitter channel on Romeo's behalf to raise funds for the expedition. Therefore, we spent several months in the deep jungle until we found the frogs. And now the bride-to-be is undergoing treatment for fungi, because no one wants Romeo to get sick on the very first date.
"She's tough, strong and swims so fast!" - Herpetologist Badani admires Juliet. How else could this frog be called? True, there are fears that the modest and shy Romeo will ruin all the frog love, but scientists really hope that instincts will take up. In extreme cases, there is also a second female frog, and if Romeo does not succeed, the three remaining wild males give at least some hope for the revival of the population.