Lonely No More!
The planet’s most eligible amphibious bachelor now has a shot at love! On an expedition to a Bolivian cloud forest, Global Wildlife Conservation and the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny rediscovered the Sehuencas Water Frog in the wild, including a Juliet for Romeo, previously the planet’s last-known Sehuencas Water Frog. Now the real work of saving the species from extinction can begin. We’ll be setting up a conservation breeding program so we have frogs to someday return to the wild, while also getting into the field to better understand how many frogs are still out there, where they are, and the threats they face so that we can conserve their natural home. All of this to give Romeo’s species hope for a stable future.
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In 2008, a team of biologists in Bolivia brought in from the field a single male Sehuencas Water Frog (Telmatobius yuracare), Romeo. They had hoped to create a conservation breeding program for the traditionally common species ahead of population crashes they were seeing with other frogs. Ten years later and GWC partner Alcide d’Orbigny Natural History Museum and other researchers had not been able to locate a single other individual Sehuencas Water Frog—male or female—until now. Romeo even had his own dating profile on Match in his pursuit of a mate.
Romeo in the News
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January 17, 2019: Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet. Their Courtship May Save a Species. (The New York Times) Link
January 16, 2019: World’s loneliest frog, named Romeo, finds his Juliet, offering hope for species (NPR) Link
January 16, 2019: A Year Later, Match.com Profile Pays Off for World’s Loneliest Frog (Smithsonian) Link
January 16, 2019: Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog (AFP) Link
January 16, 2019: He’s spent 10 years alone. Now Romeo, the world’s loneliest frog, may have finally found a Juliet that can save his species (CNN) Link
January 15, 2019: The ‘World’s Loneliest Frog’ Finally Has a Mate (Vice Motherboard) Link
January 15, 2019: Wild, cosmic-eyed frog rediscovered in a far-off cloud forest (Mashable) Link
January 15, 2019: Romeo the Water Frog Has Finally Found His Juliet — and Their Love Just Might Save His Species (Live Science) Link
January 15, 2019: World’s ‘loneliest’ frog gets a date (BBC) Link
January 15, 2019: Juliet and friends found for Romeo the lonely water frog (The Guardian) Link
January 15, 2019: Romeo, The World’s Loneliest Frog, May Have Finally Found His Juliet (Huffpost) Link