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Sierra Caral's new amphibian reserve finished

The 6,000-acre Sierra Caral Amphibian Reserve in Guatemala was completed in 2012, creating new hope for the long-term protection for some of Guatemala's endangered frogs and salamanders. Five of the amphibian species living in the reserve can be found nowhere else in the world.

This rainforest in Central America is also home to three species of threatened birds.

The isolated nature reserve remains an exciting place of exploration for naturalists, who have found several new beetles, salamanders, frogs, and snakes there in the last twenty years. One recent discovery was the tree-dwelling, blue-toned Merendon Palm-pit viper (Bothriechis thalassinus).

Located in the eastern corner of Guatemala, this mountainous region also provides a winter home for such migratory birds as the Canada Warbler, Kentucky Warbler, Wood Thrush, Painted Bunting, Worm-eating Warbler, and Louisiana Waterthrush.

Purchase of land by the World Land Trust-US to complete this reserve was supported by GreaterGood.org contributions made possible by The Rainforest Site's "Click Here To Give" program.

 

Pictured above:

Critically Endangered Red-eyed Stream Frog (Duellmanohyla uranochroa). Photo by Robin Moore/robindmoore.com
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