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.
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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