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In Search of Lost Frogs

In Search of Lost Frogs [Kindle Edition]

Robin Moore
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This book will dazzle you with the elegance and allure of amphibians.
- George Meyer, Foreword

- The Guardian

a compelling publication
- National Geographic Creative

I cannot recommend this book more highly...Robin Moore is an amazing photographer and storyteller with an extraordinary story to tell about his mission to find the world's rarest amphibians. One for all animal lovers but an absolute must for herpers.
- Lucy Cooke

enchant[s] readers with his beautiful macro shots and inspire[s] them to look out for our frog friends.
- Wired

A beautifully rich and personal exploration of the plight of amphibians and the people working to save them. Moore's book proves him not just a fantastic photographer but an excellent reporter and compelling storyteller. Such a vital part of the natural world, amphibians are lucky to have this artist on their side. --- Jennifer Holland

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On August 9, 2010, 33 teams from 21 countries were dispatched to search for the Lost Frogs identified by Conservation International. On their list were a host of species including, in the top ten most wanted, the Rio Pescado Stubfoot Toad, found only in Ecuador - which was to prove a triumphant rediscovery. Several months, a number of key rediscoveries - such as the Elegant Tropical Frog, last seen in 1937 and the Chalazodes Bubble-nest Frog - last seen in 1874 and two new species later, the Search for Lost Frogs had generated more than 650 news articles in 20 countries and over a billion potential viewers.

Author Robin Moore was responsible for spearheading the Search for Lost Frogs and coordinating the teams. He also co-led two expeditions to Colombia and Haiti. In Colombia in search of the Mesopotamia Beaked Toad, the steamy jungles of the Choco yielded not the desired species but a brand new one - the Mr. Burns Toad, so-called because of an uncanny resemblance to the Simpsons' character; the species was selected as one of Time magazine's top ten new species of 2010. In Haiti the team found six frogs last seen 20 years before, including the Ventriloqual Frog, named for its ability to throw its voice.

This fascinating new book tells the story of the expedition - its highs and lows, discoveries and failures and the campaign's ongoing work. Despite the campaign, one third of the world's amphibians remain threatened with extinction. Most of the species searched for were not found. But those that were provide a glimmer of hope. Understanding why these species have survived when many others have not should help us understand what makes these species different. In Search of Lost Frogs is a story of perseverance, disappointment, rediscovery, resilience, but ultimately of hope, written with passion and illustrated with the author's superb photographs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 100006 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Natural History; 1 edition (11 Sep 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00M53B3IS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #193,304 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Since entering the steamy jungles of Cameroon at the tender age of 20 to study chameleon poop, Dr Robin Moore has been a powerful voice for the protection of the world's under-appreciated creatures, the amphibians and reptiles.

After gaining a PhD in biodiversity, Robin headed up the Amphibian Program at Conservation International and spearheaded the innovative Search for Lost Frogs. Over six months, as more than 120 researchers slashed through jungle and waded rivers in 21 countries in search of species lost to science, their images and stories captured the imagination of the public and graced the pages of news outlets the world over.

Robin has helped to found and build the Amphibian Survival Alliance - the world's largest partnership for amphibian conservation - and is a Fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers.

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I had the good fortune to read this delightful book several weeks before it's publication and while I was staying in Washington DC (the author and his wife had very kindly let me use their apartment while they were in Spain and I was visiting my son, his wife and my youngest grandaughter). I've never met Robin Moore but, through social media, have been following his career as a highly accomplished photographer for several years and have been captivated by his extraordinary skill and, in particular, the way in which he can capture the beauty and mystery of the countless species of amphibians from around the world.

However merely looking at well crafted images is easy (perhaps even lazy): reading on the other hand, particularly about a subject that one has little or no prior knowledge of (as in my case), requires more effort and I will admit that I picked this book off Robin's bookshelf in a moment of idle curiosity with absolutely no expectation whatsoever. Imagine my surprise then when several hours later I lifted my head from the pages and realised that I had been magically transported to a world of deadly intrigue and global adventure and in the process had been introduced to a new breed of superhero; the Herpetologists!

Robin has managed to tell a story that I would encourage everyone to read because it reminds those of us who tend to sit in our proverbial armchairs and simply 'observe' that throughout the world there are thankfully a number of committed 'doers'!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved it! 28 Oct 2014
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The book is as suspenseful as any thriller, funny and sad and well written. It gives a good overview of various theories regarding the dramatic decline of amphibians worldwide without ever being boring or dry. The stories about the search of lost frogs are nail-biting and I couldn't put the book down. The pictures are stunning and show an amazing variety of gorgeous amphibians. I haven't been as excited about a nature/travel/weird-and-wonderful-creatures book since Last Chance to See.
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