In 2012 in the forest of Bururi in Burundi a group of researchers from the California Academy of Sciences and the University of Texas at El Paso observed the elegant Cardioglossa cyaneospila. It had been since 1949 that there hadn’t been any news of the elusive amphibian.
The Cardioglossa is an endemic species of the Albertine Rift, of which close to nothing is known and that concerns specialists over its conservation, as at present there is very knowledge on its distribution and numbers. Last night, in the valley of the Kilicha valley, a young Cardioglossa cyaneospila was sighted by the Kabobo Expedition researchers, who chanced upon the encounter with the rare animal while on the track of a non-identified bird call. The amphibian list of Kabobo now adds in its ranks another particularly precious species and, at the same time, its known distribution expands towards the south, to include the vast forests of the Kabobo Massif. The information regarding its finding will soon be shared with IUCN to update the knowledge on the species.