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Dendrobates ventrimaculatus, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.


Leptodactylus pentadactylus (smokey jungle frog), Rio Maranon (upper Amazon), Peru.




TADPOLE - Tropical Amphibian Distribution and Population Operation for Life-saving Efforts - is a non-profit organization dedicated to informing and educating the public regarding our obligation to protect and preserve the Amazon's amphibian species.

We use computer mapping and database management technology to document the distribution and population of amphibian species. Field studies along with collective research provide the necessary data to determine their habitat ranges and approximate populations. By using satellite imagery we can show areas of environmental concern, and study the relationships between them and the fluctuation of amphibian ranges and populations. This will enable us to identify species and areas of most immediate concern.

Amphibians are an excellent bio-indicator of threats to the environment and therefore can be used to measure the health of our environment. Amphibian diversity and populations indicate the quality of water, soil and air. The degradation caused by roads, logging, mining, and human encroachment directly affects the quality and vital stability of the Amazon basin.

Why should we care? We are all connected by the air we breathe, food we eat and water we drink. By protecting the amphibians and their precious environments, we can ensure the future of these pristine places for our children to enjoy.




last updated: March 2006'



Hyla lanciformis, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.


Epipedobates bilinguis, Tiputini Biodiversity Station, Rio Tiputini, Ecuador.

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