frogsneedourhelpI thought I would share some of the last images taken of Toughie. As many of you know, I had the honor of his company for many years, and any time he was out while I was checking on him, I would take flash-less photos of his handsome face.
Toughie was collected as part of the Panamanian frog rescue mission in 2005, set forth by ABG and Zoo Atlanta to save frogs being decimated by chytrid fungus. I had the honor of working with him for almost 7 years, and in that time his sad story of being the very last of his kind had, in a powerfully sad way, made him an ‘ambassador' for amphibian conservation and awareness. Almost 40% of the world’s amphibian populations are documented as in decline, or already extinct. That means that this frog - who my son nicknamed ‘Toughie’ when he was 2 years old - is unfortunately not entirely unique in his situation. There are other species out there, blinking out before we even have a chance to recognize what was happening, let alone reverse it.
Amphibians are disappearing and their declines are telling us something we need to pay attention to. It’s going to take all of us to make a difference for the amphibians, and ultimately, for us too.
Some facts about Toughie:
He was collected as an adult in 2005, so he was at least 12 years old at the time he passed away. His actual age is unknown.
His genetic material was collected after death.
His genus, Ecnomiohyla, is a group of neotropical gliding frogs. Expanded toe webbing and lateral skin enables them to glide from one tree to the next.
His specific name, rabborum, refers to the fact that he was named by Joe Mendelson after dedicated amphibian conservationists — George and Mary Rabb.
He was featured in National Geographic by Joel Sartore, The Huffington Post by Leilani Münter, #RacingExtinction and #ProjectingChange by Louis Psihoyos and OPS. For the Projecting Change movement, Joel Sartore's image of him was projected on the Vatican while his vocalization played for over a million people. His call was recorded for the first time in 2014 and can be heard here: https://youtu.be/Mz2Ir2_O-cQ
#RIPToughie #Toughie #Ecnomiohyla #Ecnomiohylarabborum #Hylidae #GlidingFrog
- churroscharmsIt is so sad what we are doing to this wonderful planet.
- officially_goin_8peHe is beautiful
- mnochisaki14This is so beyond sad. Amphibians need our help so badly
- thelmavenus🐸 RIP This world needs to Wake Up!!
- vugreenhousesThank you for this wealth of information even while we deal with the sadness of his loss/our loss.
- frogsneedourhelp@vugreenhouses you are welcome. I have been getting a lot of questions about him and his life
- mnochisaki14Are they sexually dimorphic? Have they seen a female ?
- youcrashstandingPoor little love.
- nonamekey__@mnochisaki14 If I remember correctly, they collected half a dozen or so. Maybe less. Atlanta was able to get them breeding but the tadpoles died from a disease or disorder before they reached adulthood. The female died, then the second male. Unfortunately the cycle runs full circle. On the bright side, I just received news that Atelopus ignescens was rediscovered by Luis Coloma a few weeks ago in Ecuador. The species was thought to declared extinct by IUCN since 1989 when the populations crashed similar to periglenes. So there's always hope.
- hissingcontestR.I.P., Toughie
- kieralofgreenThank you for sharing this. So sad.
- treefrogs.n.moreRIP Toughie
- dbarnespthank you. ❤️
- frogsneedourhelp@suburbancontessa :)
- carnifloraI need to make a sculpture of him.
- hardcoreherpsMissing Toughie every day 😓
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