Credits: C. de Rooi
Award winner 2014
Amphibians
Location: Ghana

Caleb Ofori Boateng

We proudly present you Caleb Ofori Boateng, one of the Future For Nature Award winners 2014.

“My conservation efforts have focused on protecting the last remaining population of the critically endangered Togo slippery frog in Ghana. This frog was recently rediscovered after nearly four decades in which it was believed to be extinct. However, there are two isolated and small populations left in two isolated sites: the Atewa Hills and the Togo-Volta Hills. These, however, face imminent extinction due to human consumption and habitat destruction.
I developed an outreach program dubbed “conservation evangelism,” in which I obtain talk time in existing religious programs that people consistently attend as part of community life. Thus I am able to integrate my conservation message into these religions program. Because local people generally trust information provided by religious centers, my conservation message is better accepted, which results in greater behavioral change.

In the past years, my organization has successfully lobbied to stop mining in the Atewa Hills, and our conservation evangelism outreach programs have resulted in reduced hunting pressure and human consumption. Our past successes, however, may not be enough to ensure the survival of the Togo slippery frog in the long-term. To do so would require establishing the Atewa Hills as a fully protected National Park. In addition to protecting the slippery frog, an Atewa Hills National Park would also help to protect some other sympatric and threatened species: chimpanzees, the long-tailed pangolin, Geoffroy’s pied colobus and the Nimba flycatcher”.

“It is extremely difficult to excite interest in amphibian conservation in West Africa, but Caleb’s leadership skills are such that he has achieved the impossible, working especially with faith communities. The Togo Slippery Frog, notable for its large size, is very close to extinction and was thought to have disappeared before Caleb rediscovered it. His work could save this remarkable species from extinction.” – 2014, Simon Stuart, International Selection Committee

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