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  • In Colombia, Arhuaco leader Ruperto Chaparro Villafaña teams up with scientists to save the critically endangered starry night harlequin toad.

    They need to unite both indigenous and western scientific knowledge to understand the role of the toads in the unique ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest coastal mountain and the sacred land of the Arhuacos.

    The life cycle of the frog helps determine when to cultivate and harvest different crops – the reason this species is a bellwether for their community-based project.

    Chaparro Villafaña must also defend their territory against illegal land grabbers, even as he is working with scientists to find the cure for a deadly fungus that threatens all harlequin toad species in the Central, South and North America.

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    The frog that could save the world: Colombia's Starry Night Toad | First Nations Frontline EP 1

    In Colombia, Arhuaco leader Ruperto Chaparro Villafaña teams up with scientists to save the critically endangered starry night harlequin toad.

    They need to unite both indigenous and western scientific knowledge to understand the role of the toads in the unique ecosystem of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, the world's highest coastal mountain and the sacred land of the Arhuacos.

    The life cycle of the frog helps determine when to cultivate and harvest different crops – the reason this species is a bellwether for their community-based project.

    Chaparro Villafaña must also defend their territory against illegal land grabbers, even as he is working with scientists to find the cure for a deadly fungus that threatens all harlequin toad species in the Central, South and North America.

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    Comments

    Aracoixo says:

    🐸

    jarosław bielski says:

    Let them not get out of your sight,
    keep them in the depths of your heart.

    Laetitia Visagie says:

    This was such an awesome and heart-warming documentary. It is possible for culture and science to co-exist and work together – there will no other choice in the future (from South Africa)

    Al Jazeera English says:

    Thanks for watching! Stay tuned for the next episodes of this series, First Nations Frontline😃

    Vice.Nor.Virtue says:

    I’m enjoying the video, but the title is totally inappropriate and is MASSIVE clickbait. You could have literally written a title as grand as “the frog that could save the future of amphibians” because Chytrid has killed something like 80% of frogs since the 1980s, but you can’t write that this frog could save the world, because it doesn’t exactly have the potential to cure cancer or stop aging.

    magnolia says:

    The toad is helping teach that taking care of the environment helps save life.

    Not Armchair Historian says:

    Pepe!

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