Protecting what is ours, while we still can
Humanity can no longer stand by in silence while our wildlife are being used, abused and exploited.
It is time we all stand together, to be the voice of the voiceless before it's too late. Extinction means forever.
~ Paul Oxton
Celebrating the Nature Isle of the Caribbean through habitat and species conservation to maintain a healthy Dominica for this generation and those to come.
Iguana and Invasive Species Program
Thanks to the lush vegetation that still covers Dominica, the island acts as a safeguard for many endemic and regionally endemic species. For some, it is their last hope against extinction.
However, in September 2017, the strongest hurricane recorded in Dominica's history (Hurricane Maria) made landfall. Along with the direct deaths and altered habitats that resulted, several invasive species found their way on island via the large amount of relief supplies and ships that responded to Dominica's needs. Two of these invasive species (Iguana iguana (the Common Green or Striped-tail Iguana) and Osteopilus septentrionalis (the Cuban Treefrog)) are responsible for the decline in native species populations.
The WildDominique team has partnered with national and international agencies to ensure the survival of Dominica's unique biodiversity. Our programs build on-island capacity and tackle the issues within.
Mountain Chicken Frog Population Study
Still one of the island's top native predators, Dominica is home to the last stronghold of one of the world's largest frogs: the Mountain Chicken Frog (Leptodactylus fallax).
Once the island's unofficial national dish, the introduction of the Chytrid fungal disease has left behind less than 1% of what was once a flourishing cultural icon.
In partnership with the Zoological Society of London, we are carrying out population assessment surveys to strengthen our efforts in protecting a keystone species and a part of Dominica's folklore from disappearing forever.