Luke Harding receives a plaque for his work on the Mountain Chicken Project

Luke Harding receives a plaque for his work on the Mountain Chicken Project

In an effort to raise funds for the Dominican Mountain Chicken Project, UK-based Luke Harding, who was once a volunteer on the project in 2014 will be running the 2016 London Marathon.

Harding looks to raise as much as 10,000 Pounds which will go towards conserving the frogs and continued effort in field research to better understand Chytrid fungus and the population of surviving frogs on the island.

In an interview Harding said, “I will be running the London Marathon in 2016 to help raise funds for the Mountain Chicken Project. The funds raised will go directly to the project and help us to conserve this amazing amphibian. My time on the project was a remarkable one and it is my aim to continue supporting this important project”.

The London Marathon is very popular for being the longest run in England of 26 miles and brings over 6,000 participants from all over the world.

Dominica was once the stronghold of one of the giants amongst frogs: the Mountain Chicken (Leptodactylus fallax), also known as the Crapaud locally, which can now only be found on Dominica and Montserrat.

The species is threatened by a combination of habitat loss, introduced predators and over-exploitation for food.

In December 2002, the presence of deadly virus Chytridiomycosis decimated the population by some 80 percent. Today, the remaining wild population in Dominica has been estimated to be no more than a few hundred individuals, making the Crapaud one of the most critically endangered species in the world.

Persons wishing to contribute can visit the webpage by clicking below: http://www.gofundme.com/uyk9h2tg

DNO had written a story about the Mountain Chicken Project. CLICK HERE TO READ