Capturing Endangered Frog’s Song | Short Film Showcase ctm magazine

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.

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  • The Darkness, It Consumes Me on February 12, 2019

    Intro was 👌

  • Niraj Gupta on February 12, 2019


  • Superdumpfback on February 12, 2019

    Really interesting. We need to protect amphibians, as a third of them are endangered.

  • Chad Marcum on February 12, 2019

    so beautiful… poor poor animals, thank god for amazing people who care for defenseless creatures, and animals , and bugs

  • Ascetic on February 12, 2019

    Thank you for your service.

  • National Geographic on February 12, 2019

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

  • Taevian's World of Reptiles! on February 12, 2019

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

  • Alex Almeida on February 12, 2019


  • Sonof David on February 12, 2019

    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

  • lia on February 12, 2019

    Mr frog

  • Aloe Aftersun on February 12, 2019

    Thank you for everything you do! Fascinating and important

  • stark industries on February 12, 2019

    so interesting

  • MarineCorps Ammo&FajitasMRES on February 12, 2019

    They got El Chapo Guys!!!!!!!!

  • Santiago Saus on February 12, 2019

    Exelente videos 💎💎💎

  • Grant Critchfield's Texas Trail Cams on February 12, 2019

    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.

  • Maria da Luz Moutinho on February 12, 2019

    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!!

  • felisa bravo carrillo on February 12, 2019


  • Morhyz on February 12, 2019

    Omg that frog is so cute

  • Diana Campbell on February 12, 2019

    Who pays and sponsors this?

  • Jem on February 12, 2019

    I can't like this enough. Excellent!

  • SaltySkeletor on February 12, 2019

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

  • Christopher Ho on February 12, 2019

    Everything that comes out on this channel is so legit

  • Christopher Ho on February 12, 2019

    More space 101 stuff plz!!

  • Miadaskate on February 12, 2019

    What a beautiful video!

  • Gabrielle Ross on February 12, 2019

    Exquisita finger tips are almost like tarsiers finger tips😀

  • Attarul on February 12, 2019

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

  • Sepulang Senja on February 13, 2019

    Beautiful creature

  • DBT on February 13, 2019


  • Maheen Ahsin on February 13, 2019

    So cool, thanks NG

  • Nida'a S on February 13, 2019

    An acoustic biologist 🤔that's quite interesting .

  • J Mac on February 13, 2019

    So uplifting & inspiring.

  • AndreSanchez1017 on February 14, 2019

    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

  • lylvls on February 14, 2019

    6:56 cutest reach ever! 😆

  • ZorbaTheDutch on February 15, 2019

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

  • Blue Skies on February 16, 2019

    I love animals

  • Anoobis on February 17, 2019

    3:53 "yoh" sound from Naruto game

  • Sally Andersen on March 3, 2019


  • Unko Chan on July 12, 2019

    I hope some of endangers species are been cared

  • Ammar on April 20, 2020

    Good frogge