Target: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the Equatorial Guinean government
Goal: Save the rare Goliath frog from extinction
The Goliath frog is the biggest amphibian in the world, but there are only a few habitats in a couple of countries in Africa. This frog can grow up to 30 centimeters and weighs approximately seven pounds. Unfortunately, the number of Goliath frogs is declining due to habitat destruction, human consumption, and the animal pet trade. Humans are increasingly moving into the frogs’ habitat and it has become a major problem.
The Goliath frog is usually found near fast rolling rivers such as the ones in Equatorial Guinea. The rivers where these frogs live are often found in very humid and dense areas with high temperatures. These rivers are often clear and exceedingly oxygenated. The frogs need fresh river water to survive but these rivers have become contaminated by the people moving into these areas. This becomes a problem because all of their breeding takes place in streams and small rivers.
To the natives of West Africa, the Goliath frogs were considered a source of nutrition and nourishment. Animal suppliers successfully sold them as pets. Sadly, these frogs do not prosper well in captivity and cannot reproduce, which has led their species to decline over the years. The Equatorial Guinean government has declared that they are not allowing more than 300 frogs to shipped out a year, due to their classification as an endangered species. However, more needs to be done to protect this species’ fragile population.
Please sign this petition to tell the Equatorial Guinean government to put stricter rules on the selling, consumption, and destruction of the Goliath frog population.
Dear President Mbasogo and the Equatorial Guinean government
The Goliath frog is rapidly reaching extinction. Due to human consumption, the pet trade, and the destruction of their few habitats, these frogs don’t stand a chance. Thank you for addressing the issue by limiting the shipment of frogs to 300 a year, but more has to be done to save this species.
It is inevitable that people will try to sell these frogs for consumption and into the pet trade, but if these frogs are endangered then they should not be eaten or sold at all. We also need to stop people from contaminating the frogs’ river banks. Human contamination of the rivers is a huge reason for the the frogs’ decline. They depend on these rivers for nourishment, breeding, and every day life. Please devise a better plan to save the Goliath frog from extinction.
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