Heading Back to Haiti

Assessment of Damage Caused by Hurricane Matthew


Hurricane Matthew directly hit Haiti on October 4, 2016. The hurricane destroyed the remaining forest of the Massif de la Hotte, the most biodiverse and imperiled conservation area in the entire Caribbean, and one of the areas of research focus of Philadelphia Zoo amphibian biologist, Dr. Carlos Martinez Rivera.He has been working in this area since 2010 and rescued endangered Haitian frogs that now live and breed at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Dr. Carlos Martinez Rivera, along with a local team of Haitian biologists is currently revisiting the Massif de la Hotte to examine the extent of damage to the endangered frog populations and redirect our short term and long term conservation efforts for this region.