The Search for the Purple Frog

Being a biologist from Kerala in the Western Ghats I am trying to understand and conserve a species of frog that emerges from the underworld only once every year like the great Hindu King Mahabali.  This is quite a challenge! The Purple Frog Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis is the sole member of Nasikabatrachidae, the first new frog […]

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Caught on camera: new footage displays mating behaviour of the purple frog

The purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is currently listed as the world’s 4th most Evolutionarily distinct and globally endangered amphibian species. This unusual frog has a limited distribution, confined to the Western Ghats mountain range in India. For the first time, video footage of the mating behaviour of this species has been released, airing as part of the […]

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Passion and Fashion: Gabby’s Going ‘Wild’ for EDGE

Gabby Wagner (aka Gabby Wild) has walked an extraordinary path to get where she is today. Currently a veterinary student at Cornell University in New York State, in her spare time she works hard to promote welfare and protection for animals both in the clinic and the field. But her story had a sad beginning. […]

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Leaping Ahead of Extinction

To coincide with Leap Day, Amphibian Ark has launched a new international event that is celebrating the successes achieved in amphibian conservation, both in the wild and captivity. The organisation is a branch of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group Conservation division, with the target of implementing an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP). The focus of […]

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Tea plantations threaten amazing purple frog

The Purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a flagship species for conservation in India. Its distribution is restricted to two states in peninsular India, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It has been reported only from a few localities. According to available information about its range of distribution and potential threat it has been categorized as ‘Endangered’ in […]

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