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This project aims to show Poison Dart Frogs behaviour in their habitats as well as conservation threats and hopes.
This project aims to show Poison Dart Frogs behaviour in their habitats as well as conservation threats and hopes.
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Poison Dart Frogs, The Documentary

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Poison Dart Frogs, The Documentary

The frogs

Poison Dart Frogs (Dendobatidae) are probably the most toxic animals alive and so they show to us by displaying a bright rainbow of colors on their skin. The poison is called batrachotoxin and it causes paralysis or death when it enters the bloodstream, even in minuscule amounts. They are all small: the largest are no more than 6cm long, and some are just 1.5 cm.

The medical research community has been exploring possible medicinal uses for the arrow frog poison. They have already developed a synthetic version of one compound that shows promise as a painkiller.

Poison dart frogs evolved in rainforests millions of years ago; but now Central and South American rainforests are being cut back.

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The project

In March 2016, as a part of our trip to the rainforests of Panama, we started a project to show the world the fragile beauty of Poison Dart Frogs and their habitat. In Panama's jungles life springs up in every corner. Poison dart frogs await beneath fallen leaves, or up in the trees singing. Our aim is to bring you that experience on screen

Other documentaries about amphibians normally only dedicate about one to two minutes of their legth to cover information about Poison Dart Frogs. In this case, we want to make a documentary centered on them. We not only want the people know about the outstanding variety of these frogs, but truly inmerse them in their habitats. Their almost microscopic food is as important as the mosses, trees and epiphytic plants on which they thrive. 

As the rainforest are disappearing, Dendrobatids are becoming endangered. Many Biological Stations around Central and South America breed them in captivity as if they were Noah's Arch. Ex situ conservation plays a key role in helping to keep their genes alive in case of an eventual extinction in nature. We want to show this and thank these people for their important role in Poison Dart Frog conservation. 

Humanitarian perspective

No conflict can be solved without an approaching humanistic perspective to emphasize what is common among people rather than what separates us. Preserving tropical rainforests and their Poison Dart Frogs won't be successful unless we hear the voices of the natives. We must become reconciled with locals rather than just building Biological Stations where they used to hunt for food or search for water or where their Gods wend their way. We must understand, through compassion and tolerance, their concerns and find a link with ours so that together out goal is achieved. When it is about nature conservation, we all play a key role and we must be sympathetic.

How will the project actually help frogs in the wild?  

- This is a NON-PROFIT project. That means 100% of sales benefits will go for a PDF conservation project (still to determine which one, we'll keep you updated via our Facebook page).  

- The documenary crew will act as mediators between the scientists working in Biological Stations and locals, trying to find a way to build (and promote) a common project in order to guarantee conservation of Poison Dart Frogs rainforests.

- By interviewing conservationists and showing their work, we will show the world how important their work actually is. This will help them to increase their funding and donation rate (otherwise, their work wouldn't be possible). Plus, this will have an educational aim for the general population too.

Why we need your help

- Poison Dart Frog distribution in nature is wide. From northern Bolivia to Nicaragua. Covering these distances is highly expensive, but it is necessary to show the vast diversity of this frog family.

- Getting to unexplored parts of the rainforest to find them requires special equipment. Filming in these extremely warm and humid conditions is not always easy or safe.

- Human support motivates us to work on this project. It's the most important part.

Parque Internacional de La Amistad (Panama)
Parque Internacional de La Amistad (Panama)

Sources of information: BBC, National Geographic

Photography by the Poison Dart Frogs, The Documentary team

Music: Accralate - The Dark Contenent, by Kevin MacLeod

Risks and challenges

We are independent producers, so our only pullback is funding; which we hope to tackle thanks to our backers. You are an essential part of our budget!

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    Thank you

    Our eternal thanks. We will post your name to thank you during the release event.

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    Go out and find them!

    You will receive a special map of all the places where the documentary was filmed with the name of the species found in each location.

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    You will get exclusive full-resolution pictures of the frogs and their habitat to inspire your mind (and your future vivarium).

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    Get the film for free

    You will get a digital file of the movie to watch it anywhere and whenever you feel like adoring Poison Dart Frogs.

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    EXCLUSIVE ROUGH CUTTING

    Become part of our creative process! Watch an early cut of the film and give us feedback. You will give everything from 75 and above!

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    Get to meet the frogs

    You will get everything from 75 and above plus a detailed description to follow our steps and find the frogs in their secret undisturbed habitats not shown on tourists guides!

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    DVD of the film

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    Filmmakers consultation

    Filmmakers will share with you their experience and uncover how to recreate the documentary on your own foot and find the untouched rainforests where Poison Dart Frogs can still be found. Plus, you will get everything from 75 and above!

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER CREDIT

    Welcome to the team! We are thrilled to have you on board - and to honor your huge contribution, The Documentary makers will credit you on the film. You will get everything from 75 me above, a huge poster of the documentary and a DVD copy of the film.

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    Meet the frogs

    Get one-week long stay at one of the campings where the project started, the land of Oophaga pumilio. Plus, be part of our team (your name will appear as associate producer too).

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Funding period

- (55 days)