Romeo Found his Juliet

Jordan Smith, Staff Reporter

After ten years of searching, Romeo finally found his Juliet.

For almost ten years the Sehuencas (Say-when-cuss) Water Frog was thought to be on its last leg. A fungal disease known as chytridiomycosis decimated populations worldwide, and what was thought to be the sole survivor lives in captivity today. The frog, named Romeo, was known as the world’s loneliest frog, and was considered to be an endling; or the last known survivor of a species. People were worried, as Sehuencas Water Frogs have a lifespan of up to fifteen years, and it has been ten years since Romeo was found. Scientists across the globe have been scouring to hopefully find a mate for Romeo. There is even a page created by conservationists, for the eleven year old frog.

However, in January of this year, an expedition of scientists found a small population of five Sehuencas Water Frogs in the Bolivian forests. This small group consists of both male and female water frogs, one of which was aptly named Juliet.

Scientists are hoping to breed Romeo and Juliet to save the species.

After all this time, Romeo and Juliet finally have a happily ever after.


Romeo’s profile 🙂