Let’s save the last survivors of an island species


Durrell’s emergency appeal aims to raise urgent funds to reunite the last 2 wild mountain chicken frogs on Montserrat, giving their species one last chance to survive there

To my fellow conservationists,

Here is a true story of conservation, a story of the last surviving members of a wild species in a single habitat and they need your help. This is one of those moments where the choice you make will decide on an immediate and considerable difference.

The species is not a glamorous beast like a Tiger or Rhino but the still one of the largest of its kind and deceptively named “the mountain chicken”. It is in fact not a chicken but a frog that can be found on only 2 Caribbean islands, this little (or large) fellow and fell-et are quite literally the little brown jobs that Gerald Durrell spoke of. Let’s continue his legacy.

Let’s make a difference!

Yours sincerely,


Please click here to donate

About Durrell’s mountain chicken appeal
Durrell is urgently seeking to raise £5,000 in an emergency appeal to reunite the last two wild mountain chicken frogs on Montserrat. By bringing these two animals together, it is hoped that they will breed, for the first time on their island home since 2009, offering hope of salvation for their species there. As of today, Durrell have raised £3,000 of their £5,000 target. This is a rare opportunity to save a species in its native habitat – if you feel you can help, please join Durrell in contributing what you can to the cause at durrell.org/frog-story.

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  18 comments for “Let’s save the last survivors of an island species

  1. February 19, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    We’re really proud of this cause and we’re together with you on this! Amazing job! Here’s to a better future to all species in this world!

  2. February 19, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    We’re really proud of this cause and we’re together with you on this! Amazing job! Here’s to a better future to all species in this world!

  3. February 19, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    We’re really proud of this cause and we’re together with you on this! Amazing job! Here’s to a better future to all species in this world!

  4. Nalva de Moraes e Ana Preto - Brazil
    February 19, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    Henry Cavill you’re doing an amazing job with your #cavillconservation! Keep on with it!

  5. Drew
    February 20, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Unfortunately, due to the exchange rate being so poor we will not be able to donate at this time.

  6. February 20, 2016 at 12:34 am

    It is my pleasure to donate to this important cause. Thank you #HenryCavill for all that you do to support #Durrell and for sharing what a wonderful place Durrelll is! Hardworking, kind and dedicated people who are changing the world and saving these wonderful creatures one small step at a time. I am hoping this story of Wild Mountain Chicken Frogs has a happy ending. I am honored to help this wonderful cause and you will always have my support. You are doing a wonderful job being Durrell’s ambassador! Much love and support are sent your way!

  7. Fabiana Franzosi
    February 20, 2016 at 2:27 am

    Henry conservation is a great cause and you can count with our support. Thank you for share ways for donate :)

  8. Olivia Thompson
    February 20, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Dear Henry,

    Thank you for All of your consistent hard work in helping to keep Mr. Durrell’s dream alive. I don’t always donate the same amount :), but I do whole heartedly give what I can. Giving from the heart is what it’s all about, and that goes for everything in life not just Durrell Conservation. I know you have a loving heart, you always have. We can always find the good in people, if we have a Heart that cares to be up building. Thank you for Encouraging us to learn what we can to help our Animal Kingdom. By the way, I Adore frogs, I’ve had a few myself, hee hee. You have my Support :) I saw the posting on your Facebook page, and I have participated. I look forward to seeing the Wonderful benefits of the donations to the worthy charities 😉 Peace & Love

    Yours Truly,
    Olivia L. Thompson

  9. February 20, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Hi Henry,

    Thank you so much for your message I’ll be sure to donate when I am able to at the moment I don’t have any money unfortunately but when I do I’ll be sure to make a donation. As always keep up the great work, you and Durrell are making a huge difference in these wonderful animals lives take care and I wish you both all the best.

    Love Always,
    Rawan xxx

  10. Shelley.
    February 22, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Hi Henry. I’m more than happy to donate to this worthy cause and I’ll keep donating where and when I can because this is all about the animals and nothing else. Congratulations and Thankyou for bringing this to our attention . Keep up the good work

  11. Chris
    February 22, 2016 at 10:41 pm


    Let me go curious to this solution. Is the team really trying to reunite two frogs (female and male) that are the last ones which remains of several reintroduction into the aisland, in several big groups (feeded with selected male cricket and all) separated miles away, on purpose, so that the funghi can´t be traspassed ones another.. etc. etc…? Sure you have investigated about that funghi and habitat changes and all of that… What is your aim, to capture these fellow and fell-ett (I´ll give another headache to my English teacher about that last word :) ) ? And then what?… I hope you don´t expect the miracle that they reproduce themselves in that same habitat…anylonger…. Will you maintein them in Jersey Park? Just curious. Regards.

    PS. Sorry, donation is not possible for personal reasons. Hope you get your goals here and in all your others conservasionisms.

    • February 25, 2016 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Chris, thanks for your message and kind words of support.

      The two frogs we are wishing to reunite are the last two known wild individuals who have lived through the chytrid outbreak that has killed every other mountain chicken on Montserrat. This is possibly because they have some type of resistance or immunity to the disease. If so then the hope is their offspring will as well. We know from surveys in Dominica that frogs which survived the chytrid outbreak are reproducing which gives us hope for these two. The plan is to try and get them to breed in the wild as it is the least risk to the frogs and best chance for successful breeding to occur. If they do not then other options will be considered but it is unlikely they will be brought to Jersey as transporting them that far has many risks.

      Best wishes,

      #CavillConservation Team

      • Chris
        February 27, 2016 at 10:53 am

        Thanks for your response. It is clearer for me, now. Kind of you.

        Best wishes.

  12. February 23, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Hi Henry, Thank you so much for your message,I’m so sorry at the moment I don’t have any money,I appreciate your hard work for Durrell Wildlife Park .You’re amazing ambassador your care of animals absolutely fantastic ! Good luck to next projects Lots of love from Eva.

  13. Olivia
    May 1, 2016 at 5:35 pm

    Dear Henry, and Conservationists:
    I recently heard about Badongo and Kahilli’s loss. I know everyone at Durrell and throughout the world who cares for this family is hurting right now. I know I am. I will continue to send my support and share Durrell news with my family and others. My prayers are with them in their (gorilla family) recovery. May the fund raising at the special event coming up be very successful. All my love and Blessings.
    Yours Truly,
    Olivia L Thompson

  14. May 24, 2016 at 4:34 am

    God bless you. This is a fantastic way to say. People needs living in peace with the nature. Just I am writing to say you how much I love you. 😀

  15. May 24, 2016 at 4:37 am

    Involved with love. Jogging is good, healthy, when do you visit me? A kiss.

  16. Elle
    February 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm


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