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Judi Lynn

(161,057 posts)
Mon Nov 28, 2022, 07:46 PM Nov 2022

The frog that could save the world: Colombia's Starry Night Toad

9 Nov 2022





Thought to be extinct for 30 years, the starry night harlequin toad is thriving in Colombia due to the local way of life.

In Colombia, Arhuaco leader Ruperto Chaparro Villafaña teams up with scientists to save the critically endangered starry night harlequin toad.

They need to unite both indigenous and western scientific knowledge to understand the role of the toads in the unique ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world’s highest coastal mountain and the sacred land of the Arhuacos.

The life cycle of the frog helps determine when to cultivate and harvest different crops – the reason this species is a bellwether for their community-based project.

Chaparro Villafaña must also defend their territory against illegal land grabbers, even as he is working with scientists to find the cure for a deadly fungus that threatens all harlequin toad species in the Central, South and North America.

https://www.aljazeera.com/program/first-nations-frontline/2022/11/9/the-frog-that-could-save-the-world-colombias-starry-night-toad

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The frog that could save the world: Colombia's Starry Night Toad (Original Post) Judi Lynn Nov 2022 OP
I'm part of the way through the video, and it finally dawned on me Judi Lynn Nov 2022 #1
I noticed that as well, Judi Quakerfriend Nov 2022 #2
Oh, wow! After seeing your post, I looked for a photo of Santa Marta.... Judi Lynn Nov 2022 #3
And you too Quakerfriend Nov 2022 #4

Judi Lynn

(161,057 posts)
1. I'm part of the way through the video, and it finally dawned on me
Mon Nov 28, 2022, 08:12 PM
Nov 2022

that the leader they came to travel with, Ruperto is chewing coca! I had totally forgotten about that custom they have throughout the Andes. At first I believed he was eating while talking to the scientists. Derp!

Do you recall seeing photographs previously of other Colombian indigenous citizens carrying around bags with them, some of them like the ones in this photo? They carry coca in them, to assist them in their activities at high altitudes, one of the benefits being preventing altitude sickness....



Thought I'd mention it, as I felt stupid after I realized Rupert wasn't just scarfing down treats while talking to his guests!

Quakerfriend

(5,488 posts)
2. I noticed that as well, Judi
Mon Nov 28, 2022, 08:17 PM
Nov 2022


My sisters are going to be in Colombia in March & plan on visiting Santa Marta.

I will share this with them. They will love it!

Judi Lynn

(161,057 posts)
3. Oh, wow! After seeing your post, I looked for a photo of Santa Marta....
Mon Nov 28, 2022, 08:45 PM
Nov 2022


Tayrona National Park



All that beautiful shore, and amazing mountains, too!



Ancient structures, also. Wow.

What a trip they have ahead of them! It's beautiful!

Thanks for your comment! Very cheered up to see it.
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