These frogs are in the Red List of Endangered Species of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). According to the IUCN website, Rana Igorota is “listed as vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is less than 20,000 square kilometers, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its forest habitat on Luzon in the Philippines.”
The IUCN adds: “The most important threat to this species is the deforestation of lower montane and lowland forests in the Cordilleras. The montane forests are either being converted to vegetable farms or are being developed into real estate. The protection of the remaining forests in the Cordilleras will assist in the protection of this species.”
Aha, so it’s the vegetable farmers pala and real estate developers who are the culprits. Bad, bad human beings always encroaching on the domains of other living species. On the other hand, should we blame the vegetable farmers who are really having a hard time making both ends meet. And we do need homes to live in, unless we want to live under a rock and pretend that we are the real Tasadays.
So the endless question of how to strike a balance between our needs as human beings and the importance of other species in our environment remains unanswered.
INFO SOURCE: IUCN Website. PHOTO CREDIT: HerpWatch.