Peru investigates death of 10,000 Titicaca water frogs

Scientists in Peru are currently investigating why thousands of frogs are dying along the Coata River in Peru, which empties into Lake Titicaca.

The population of the critically endangered Titicaca water frog is estimated to have already declined nearly 80 percent in 15 years as a result of over-harvesting, the arrival of an invasive species of trout that eats the tadpoles, and habitat destruction. However, the cause of this recent large-scale die-off has yet to be determined, and the Peruvian National Forest and Wildlife Service (SERFOR) is launching an investigation to find answers.

“Based on local residents’ statements and samples taken in the days after the incident, it is believed that more than 10,000 frogs were affected over about 50 kilometers (30 miles),” the agency said in a statement. READ MORE.