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By Eavesdropping Underwater, Scientists Hope to Capture Endangered Frog’s Song | Short Film Showcase

By Eavesdropping Underwater, Scientists Hope to Capture Endangered Frog’s Song | Short Film Showcase

The endangered exquisite spike-thumb frog likes a certain song. Scientists are building a “library of sounds” to help them breed.
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Deep in the emerald cloud forests of Cusuco National Park in northwest Honduras lives a critically endangered creature. The exquisite spike-thumb frog (Plectrohyla exquisita) is a charming ambassador for the park’s rich biodiversity and one of 16 different species of amphibians listed as Endangered or Critically Endangered by the IUCN. Some are found nowhere else on Earth and face a growing number of threats. In addition to illegal deforestation and climate change, chytrid fungus—the now infamous disease that has decimated frog populations around the world—was discovered in the park in 2007.

Scientist Jonathan Kolby founded the Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC), an organization that is working to both treat juvenile frogs infected with chytrid fungus and develop a breeding and reintroduction program for several endangered species to guard against extinction. But their efforts to breed exquisite spike-thumb frogs have revealed a puzzling challenge; despite 10 years of intensive field work in the area, scientists have never heard or recorded the species’ mating call—and recordings of these calls can be critical tools when it comes to inspiring frogs to breed in captivity. So, with the help of sound artist Ben Mirin, the team embarked on a quest to record the enigmatic frog’s call and bring its voice back to the lab. What ensues is both a delightful portrait of the process of scientific discovery and an inspiring example of the power of sound as a tool for conservation.

Video produced by Katie Garrett: http://www.katiegarrett.co.uk/

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Learn more about Jonathan Kolby and the Honduras Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Center (HARCC)

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  1. Sound can be a tool for helping endangered animals. What are your thoughts on this method of conservation?

  2. 3:53 "yoh" sound from Naruto game

  3. Even though it's all about the sounds, the video was visually stunning! Beautiful nature.

  4. This video made me very emotional for some reason, it's touching seeing people care and wanna take care of wildlife that could use our help

  5. So uplifting & inspiring.

  6. An acoustic biologist 🤔that's quite interesting .

  7. Watch our motivational quotes 😎😎😎 for student 👉👉👉👉👉👉👉👉

  8. Exquisita finger tips are almost like tarsiers finger tips😀

  9. Everything that comes out on this channel is so legit

  10. why not keep it in a container for a bit just to capture the sound then send it back?

  11. I can't like this enough. Excellent!

  12. Gostei muito deste video …então o nome Exquisita e engraçado!! À ciência e o som ao serviço de um girino com duas ferramentas …a terra e a água e que está ameaçado!! E de reconhecer estas experiências paraa agilizar a preservar…uma espécie bastante ágil… através do eco!! Então os cientistas terão que testar o som na terra e na águas que são na lógica distintos?? Interessante!!

  13. WOW, just WOW. Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me. I am honestly just so excited to just be aware of such diversity & hold nature in a place of true reverence & awe.

  14. Exelente videos 💎💎💎

  15. Thank you for everything you do! Fascinating and important

  16. For Christ sake my only sake are all these things seen.

    Working on the page called the same?

    While breathing and staying within is the number one answer

  17. Wow that is really awesome that they went this deep into replicating the natural environment to encourage breeding in captive bred animals.

  18. Thank you for your service.

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