Lake Titicaca Field Manager — Denver Zoo; Wildlife Laboratory Manager/Assistant Professor — Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
Research: Conserving the Lake Titicaca Frog
Species/Topic: Lake Titicaca Frog
: Denver Zoo's efforts to ensure the survival of the Lake Titicaca frog date to 2007. Telmatobius coleus, commonly known as Lake Titicaca frog (LTF) is an ecologically important species endemic to its namesake lake. T. culeus is categorized as Critically Endangered by the IUCN Red List (IUCN, 2010), because of marked population decline. Commercial exploitation for purported medicinal purposes is a main cause of decline. Habitat loss, invasive species and climate change are also threats to this species.
Little is known about the biology of Lake Titicaca frogs. Denver Zoo and our Peruvian colleagues are determined to learn more about this species. This project is being undertaken to learn more about the biology of this species, to determine the number of species and/or subspecies and the size of the LTF population.