Love at First Swim

Romeo and Juliet the Sehuencas Water Frogs have had their first date and have already moved in together in Romeo’s aquarium. The two are getting along swimmingly and Romeo has even started calling again after giving up at the end of 2017. If all goes as planned, the pair will help establish a conservation breeding program at the Museo de Historia Natural Alcide d’Orbigny to save their species from extinction.

Follow adventures of RomJules here! You can also support them by donating to their “happy future” registry.


In 2008, a team of biologists in Bolivia brought in from the field a single male Sehuencas Water Frog (Telmatobius yuracare), Romeo. They had hoped to create a conservation breeding program for the traditionally common species ahead of population crashes they were seeing with other frogs. Ten years later and GWC partner Alcide d’Orbigny Natural History Museum and other researchers had not been able to locate a single other individual Sehuencas Water Frog—male or female—until now. Romeo even had his own dating profile on Match in his pursuit of a mate.

Want to know more? Then this FAQ is for you! (And we have it in both  English and Spanish)

Romeo in the News

*If you are a reporter interested in writing about Romeo, please contact Lindsay Renick Mayer at lrenickmayer@globalwildlife.org or 202-422-4671.

January 17, 2019: Romeo the Frog Finds His Juliet. Their Courtship May Save a Species. (The New York Times) Link

January 16, 2019: World’s loneliest frog, named Romeo, finds his Juliet, offering hope for species (NPR) Link

January 16, 2019: A Year Later, Match.com Profile Pays Off for World’s Loneliest Frog (Smithsonian) Link

January 16, 2019: Romeo and Juliet: the last hopes to save Bolivian aquatic frog (AFP) Link

January 16, 2019: He’s spent 10 years alone. Now Romeo, the world’s loneliest frog, may have finally found a Juliet that can save his species (CNN) Link

January 15, 2019: The ‘World’s Loneliest Frog’ Finally Has a Mate (Vice Motherboard) Link

January 15, 2019: Wild, cosmic-eyed frog rediscovered in a far-off cloud forest (Mashable) Link

January 15, 2019: Romeo the Water Frog Has Finally Found His Juliet — and Their Love Just Might Save His Species (Live Science) Link

January 15, 2019: World’s ‘loneliest’ frog gets a date (BBC) Link

January 15, 2019: Juliet and friends found for Romeo the lonely water frog (The Guardian) Link

January 15, 2019: Romeo, The World’s Loneliest Frog, May Have Finally Found His Juliet (Huffpost) Link

Support Romeo & Juliet