Okopipis in Rotterdam Zoo
The Okopipi (Dendrobates azureus) is one of the few kinds of frogs that can be recognized instantly, due to its wonderful blue color. In the wild, it can only be found in Suriname, where it is an endemic species. The animals habitat is restricted to the Sipaliwini savanna (450 kilometers south of Paramaribo) and only in isles of forest there. The number of remaining okopipis in the wild is estimated at 1000 or 1500 frogs.
The frogs survival is first of all threatened by the illegal catching of frogs for the trade in animals. Apart from this, it is possible that the savanna will fall prey to deforestation, stockbreeding or savanna fires. The entire habitat of the species could be destroyed all at once. This would be the extinction of the okopipi in the wild.