RED-LIST sightings: Polypedates Eques.
At Belipola Arboretum our learnings are compounded in-situ. We are focused on building 'analogous ecosystems' for endangered and endemic biodiversity of a given region.
The IUCN red-list is a 'global and peer-reviewed' directory of species that is under threat of extinction. The list places the "Mountain hourglass tree frog, 'Polypedatus Eques' as an 'endangered endemic' species in Sri Lanka.
It is a magical feeling when the work we do has direct correlation with the species survivability...
Belipola Arboretum was designed with this in mind...
"Our work is focussed on building habitat that is 'analogous' or 'like' the primary forests of the region..."
Staff @ Belipola
Because of a tree dominated form of agroforestry, it is easy to make allowances for these species and increasing our capacity to demonstrate how Analog Forestry not only provides for increased Ecosystem Services, it also provides valuable habitat for saving species that are threatened to extinction.
In designing habitats for biodiversity conservation, we can design skillfully to include species that are rare (in-situ gene bank) such as the exotic bamboo in controlled settings and include endangered plant species.
Thanks to the teachings of Analog Forestry and the focussed efforts of our crew at Belipola, there will always be habitat for these species in a manner that is thoughtfully designed and offers increased ecosystem services functions.