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Dug-Up Pits are Menace to Amphibian and Reptile Populations

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 In the face of Sierra Leone’s growing population, the need for more housing in many villages, towns, and cities are alarmingly eminent. Communities are increasing in sizes in order to catch-up with the demand for housing. Among the needs for new settlements, latrines are invaluable. Constructing latrine involves the digging of pit usually more than 20 feet which in many instances are left unattended and uncovered for more than months. Being that the newly emerging housing areas are mostly habitats for amphibians, many are trapped in the pits since the majority can’t jump up to 20ft.

RAP-SL recently observed this in two communities namely Pepel and Mamunta. Pepel is a major hub for African Minerals (an Iron Ore Mining company in Sierra Leone) and Mamunta is the closest settlement to a sugar cane company. As locals get employed or get houses rented as more people move into these communities in search of job, so also the locals embark on building houses which in turn give way to clearing more areas and digging more pit for latrines.  In two of such pits, RAP-SL team was able to rescue more than 175 amphibian species including Amietophrynus, Arthroleptidea, Ptychadenidae and the Ranidae species. Questions RAP-SL is now trying to answer may include the following: - “What would have happened to those 175 amphibian species in those two pits? How many more might have fallen or are presently victims of such situation? What can be done in order to prevent such loss? RAP-SL believes that these questions can be answered through interviews, education, sensitization and rescue missions. Please join the effort by reporting pits left unattended for a long time and found to hold amphibians and or reptiles.

Edward Aruna, Founder/Managing Director


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