New Hope For Montserrat’s Last Mountain Chickens

Mountain chicken frog

Montserrat’s last remaining mountain chicken frogs, united following a recent fundraising appeal

Hello fellow conservationists,

The Mountain Chicken is a species of frog that exists on only two Caribbean islands, those of Dominica and Montserrat. The wild population has been whittled down to about 50 individuals on Dominica and only two, a male and a female, on Montserrat, by a disease called Chytrid Fungus Disease which has a powerful and obviously deadly effect on many amphibians.

Some hopeful news today. Some of you may have already caught this but the last two remaining wild Mountain Chickens on Montserrat have been found and placed into each other’s territory with the hope that they may breed.

It is said by the conservationists that the pair were found 700m apart and therefore in different territories. The male had been calling and calling for a mate to no avail. Fortunately, the team now found the female and relocated her into the male’s territory in the hopes that she would approve of her potential new partner.

The Guardian posted an article online about it, you can read more by clicking here.

This of course is not a sign of definite success as far as the pair breeding is concerned but it is most definitely a hopeful sign.

Thanks for reading,


Did you help contribute to this conservation success story? If so, thank you so much!
We’d like to thank everyone who donated towards our mountain chicken frog appeal and enabled us to unite the two remaining wild mountain chickens on Montserrat. This true life fairy-tale would not have been possible without your help! This work was led by Durrell alongside the Montserrat Department of Environment and carried out under the auspices of the Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme (Durrell, ZSL, Chester Zoo, Norden’s Ark and the Governments of Montserrat & Dominica).

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  25 comments for “New Hope For Montserrat’s Last Mountain Chickens

  1. Jenn Couch
    July 14, 2016 at 6:09 pm

    Great news! Greater news if breeding begins soon!

  2. July 14, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    So sad that only two were left of the species on Montserrat. Good to hear that there is hope for their existence

  3. July 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm

    Good! Seems to be a quick, simple, and minimally invasive measure, and I hope that it works.

    Now, if anybody’s interested in any common North-American tree frogs, you can have some free–I’ve got quite the crowd of them here on the farm–a crowd of practically Biblical proportions–

  4. July 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    Let’s pray for a happy ending to this love story.

  5. Shelly
    July 14, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    awe. I hope she likes him!!!

  6. Angela
    July 14, 2016 at 8:56 pm

    Love your work with Durrell Wildlife & your good heart, Henry…<3 :)

  7. July 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    We’re rooting for the “relationship” to work out and you be the godfather of many Mountain Chickens, Henry.
    Congratulations on your excellent work as an Ambassador for this noble cause.

  8. Anon
    July 15, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Awe so sweet two living pair hopefully they don’t turn out to be related though, but I don’t know much about animal mating. It’s still awesome that there’s love within animals and hopefully they’re able to spread it with mini version of themselves.

  9. Linda Clark
    July 15, 2016 at 1:55 am

    “To get more involvement there should be more concern for any and all animals not just the rare!! There’s way too much confusions about what is or isn’t important on this planet!” Everyone should strive to protect and preserve all forms of life before we all become extinct!”

  10. July 15, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I’m so glad I made a small donation to this great cause that will hopefully save the species. Thanks for the update – keep up the wonderful work!

  11. Olivia
    July 15, 2016 at 5:13 am

    Merci Henry,
    ***Lil Miracles do happen :). I Love to hear the news about All of our Durrell friends in the Animal Kingdom, and Human heroes. I’ll pray in hopes that sparks fly between these 2 froggy friends. Have an Awesome, ѕωєєт Summer! Love you in your flat fishbone cap you wear 😉 I’m looking forward to renewing my gorilla adoption :} You’re Welcome by the way. It’s my pleasure to Support You, wub ya :Ꮲ

    ᎽᎾuᏒs ᏆᏒuᏞᎽ,

  12. Britt Altpere
    July 15, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Henry, thank you for caring for all creatures great and small :) happy honeymoon little froggies

  13. Claire Lefebvre
    July 15, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    Some would say the disappearing of one species of frog is not going to change the face of the world, but the fact is that the world is facing a new mass extinction, bigger and faster than ever, so even the most humble species matters.
    Good luck to these two little fellows !

  14. Susan Poehlein
    July 15, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Hopefully there will be a tadpole announcement soon! Keep us posted!❤️

  15. July 15, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Henry, thank you for giving us great updates on things like this! Just think that this could be the first step to securing the future of these lil guys and what you and the team around you are helping to do is amazing. Feel even prouder to wear my CC hoodie now it looks great and fitted brilliantly hope all is well where you are and have a great weekend x

  16. July 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm

    It’s so sad that there are only two frogs still alive from this species. Let’s hope they can breed!

    Thank you! 😉

  17. Ariane Peçanha
    July 15, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Henry , Me apaixonei pelo Durrell <3
    parabéns por sua iniciativa. 😀

  18. Chris
    July 17, 2016 at 1:23 am

    Thanks for the update, Henry. This story sounds romantic, indeed. Which makes me wonder wether you would be interested in any sort of romantic (romantic/drama) script. .. Sorrry for mixing stuff, but, seriouly, all your Action movies seem to beguin with Inmortals, But, if you liked, you could do others … a la ” Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” or “Cold Mountain”, and that kind of things… . Nevermind, your current roles are so important and demanding that you surely can think only about them. Whatever. Stay safe and keep us updated. Good night .and have sweet dreams. .

  19. A.M.
    July 18, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    Beautiful heart & soul Henry, thank you so much for showing & sharing the love & support for these fine chicken frogs & other precious endangered animals along with Durrell Wildlife. It makes a difference & it matters… <3 :)

  20. Asa Dackegard
    July 27, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for the information about the progress helping animals!
    Got my picture of Ben yesterday and I love it!

  21. Chris
    July 28, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I hope you like this picture of a lenticular cloud. It reminded me this smaill corner :) (is it small?)

    • Nao
      July 28, 2016 at 7:21 pm

      Hello,Mr.Henry!!!! Thank you for a lovely textual expression! I want to see you looking cheerful and hope for your happiness. I feel the brilliance of nature from your exitense and I want to keep continuing that from now on too! Thanks for putting up with me.

  22. July 31, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    We are praying to forget the indiference. If we are living in a bendition of God, in a fantatic planet. We are in the honor and duty to be conscientious about what it means conservation. Congrats Henry

  23. Chris
    November 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    This cause is dear to my heart. I wonder if I can put it here, because this seems a good place. Thanks.
    Hopefully it will be relevant only for a short time, but History can also be stories.

    Take care

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