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In Search of Lost Frogs by Robin Moore

In Search of Lost Frogs

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The story of a remarkable expedition to find the 10 most endangered frogs and toads on Conservation International’s at risk register. Robin Moore and his colleagues registered triumph and disappointment, some species not seen for over 100 years were rediscovered, new species were found yet some still remain lost to us. With the world’s frogs and toads acting as canaries in the coalmines, the record of this important expedition reveals the threats facing our amphibian species.

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In Search of Lost Frogs by Robin Moore

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.


excellent...full of passionate scientists, wild landscapes and exquisite pictures of these luminous creatures that for once are getting the attention they deserve. * The Economist * remarkable...stunning * The Guardian * a compelling publication * National Geographic Creative * beautiful * BBC Wildlife * This book will dazzle you with the elegance and allure of amphibians. * George Meyer, Foreword * 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 * incredible * CBS News * Peppered with gorgeous photos by Moore, the book is a gritty, determined, realistic, and, at times, even hopeful story that is a must read for all of us who want to protect species on Earth. * Mongabay * a gorgeous book that's filled with beautiful...told in compelling prose that draws you in and keeps you there * Mother Nature Network * Impassioned prose alongside...beautiful photography * Wild * a great read, filled with entertaining tales from the field and clear explanations of the underlying science. * Geographical * a fascinating story and even more brilliant images * The Dodo *

About the Author

Robin Moore is an award winning conservation photographer whose pictures regularly appear on the pages of National Geographic among other publications. In his capacity of Director of the Amphibian Program at Conservation International and photographer with the International League of Conservation Photographers, he coordinated the search teams in the Campaign for Lost Frogs and the dissemination of findings, as well as leading two of the searches.

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Publication date

11th September 2014


Robin Moore

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Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


256 pages


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