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NATURE . WILDLIFE

The Return of the Tree Frog

45' (GER)
This bright green amphibian, a legend in its own right, was on the verge of extinction. But thanks to a successful conservation campaign, they are still up and croaking.

The tree frog is no larger than a human thumb, but is big in many other ways: they have the loudest croak, can climb the steepest trees and have the ability to forecast the weather. But the King of Frogs has very nearly become extinct. Hedge clearance and monotonous agricultural landscapes have destroyed their natural habitats. Fortunately, friends of the environment got together and launched a successful campaign: A King in Search of His Kingdom. Under the banner of the popular green frog, it was possible to maintain and create species-rich wetlands.

They can travel many miles and are sun worshippers that love warmth. But it is only recently that the little frogs with their appealing grins have witnessed an increase in numbers again. The film features one of the most successful conservation campaigns of the last twenty years by following conservationists who have studied, bought and recovered areas where the frogs have lived as well as have built new ponds for the former endangered creatures. It is an unusually exciting and entertaining documentary about nature’s role model for the Nutcracker’s Frog King.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Mission Froschkönig - Die Rückkehr des Laubfroschs
Year: 2013
Length: 45' (GER)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Herbert Ostwald, Gabriele Conze
Produced by: WDR / Abenteuer Erde

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