In march 2016 I was prepared to go and make my dream come true. I’ve always loved animals and plants, and had been saving money for some years to travel to the rainforests of Central America.
A few months after buying my plane tickets, I was finally there! YAY! That same day I started walking towards the pristine rainforest, but what I found was heartbreaking. I was facing incredibly tainted rainforests, full of piled rubbish under the tree roots and new incredibly modern houses in the middle of harvested hills. I didn’t expect this and I found it a little bit sad.
Anyway, I kept walking through this panorama and started to finally find the famous Poison Dart Frogs (Oophaga pumilio), tiny but extremelly poisonous amphibians. Some of them were jumping between waste.
They are probably the most toxic animals alive and so they show to us by displaying a bright rainbow of colors on their skin. They are all small: the largest are no more than 6cm long, and some are just 1.5 cm.
So yes, I made my dream come true, but it had a bittersweet touch. I had to do something to change this and guarantee Poison Dart Frogs and rainforest conservation for future generations. So I decided to start a crowdfunding campaign at Kickstarter to make a non-profit documentary that is both educational and serves as funding for a conservationist cause.
It has taken me hours to make this compaign and reach those who might be interested, but is now starting to catch up and the documentary is now closer to become a reality.
The poject has now the official support of the most the world’s largest collaborative effort dedicated to amphibian conservation, research and education – the Amphibian Survivial Alliance. With this and other collaboration from conservationist institutions like the Costa Rican Amphibian research Center we hope to make it a reality.
More info: kickstarter.com
Oophaga pumilio near Red Frog Beach (Isla Bastimentos)
Poison Dart Frog at Isla Bastimentos
Oophaga pumilio male (left) and female (right) mating
Trailer ‘Poison Dart Frogs, The Documentary’
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