This video is called Wild Chronicles: Madagascar Poison Frogs.
From Wildlife Extra:
Another ‘extinct’ poison frog rediscovered in Colombian jungle
Drug trafficking and gold mining threaten it with extinction
Many details about the elusive frog remain unknown as it has been so rarely seen. Indeed, the name of this species (occultator) was given because of its ‘hidden’ conduct in the middle of the jungle. The first few times it was seen in the wild during the Seventies it was found that preferred the upper parts of trees and branches, where it mimicked the environment of the forest. It was said that it sang at heights over 1.50 cm and their song was rarely heard. However, now they have been seen singing up to 10 cm off the ground, in severely deforested areas and in different locations to La Brea.
Although some scientists have been able to enter the area in years past (in the 90s and early 2000), nobody has seen any more pictures of this magnificent and little known species in its natural environment.
However, the frog faces must overcome several obstacles if it is not to become extinct.
Hundreds of hectares of jungle forest have been cleared to plant coca to fuel the drugs trade. As well as the destruction to the forest itself, the state response – to send planes with glyphosate to destroy the crops – has also killed off surrounding flora and fauna.
Gold-mining is also adding to the pressures. In June this year, 25 backhoes and dredges arrived at Timbiquí to tear up the edges of the river in search of the precious metals.
Area now too dangerous for animal traffickers
And, as well as the impact on the habitat itself, the frog is being targeted by animal traffickers, who during the Eighties and Nineties exported the frog to Europe and North America where it was bred in captivity and marketed to collectors.
Colombia: The golden poison dart frog, which is arguably the world’s most poisonous animal, is now residing in the first ever sanctuary established to save the deadly, yet endangered, amphibian: here.
Australia: Water Plan will decimate Murrumbidgee frogs: here.
Photos of The 12 Most Poisonous Frogs on Earth: here.
Poison Frogs Make Their Babies Toxic, Too: here.
The world’s ten most venomous creatures: here.
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