The Sira Part 1

Prelude The following is intended to be the first in a short series of 3 or 4 installments recounting our travels, our adventures and our misadventures experienced in the very remote Serrania de Sira whilst looking to rediscover the lost or at least largely unknown frog which at the time was known as Dendrobates sirensis, Aichinger 1991. This was written initially in late 2005 in a journal I kept. Though now more than 13 years has passed since the first of these expeditions transpired, the memories are in many cases still so fresh that it seems as though it all Read More…

Collecting

With luck and dedication any collector of anything comes to a point that the collection reaches its zenith.   For some, this comes after years of hard work, hunting, making contacts etc.  For others this moment comes after careful consideration, reworking and often down sizing to bring the collection to a size that is rewarding, enjoyable, and where the workload involved in the curation of the collection does not negate the enjoyment involved in maintaining the collection.  A ”collection” of live animals or plants is different from collecting comic books, fossils or other inanimate objects as invariably there is more work Read More…

Understory Update – April 2018

It has been a while since our last newsletter. Since we have been posting more on Facebook and Instagram, I thought that gave me some liberty to slack on the newsletters; however, some people have been inquiring, so here you go! Finally, it looks like spring is around the corner. This means as usual lots of frogs up and coming. From late December through May is usually when many of our dart frogs are their most productive. This I think is largely due to slightly cooler temperatures in the buildings. Our tinctorius and auratus availability should be good going into Read More…

Towards Yurimaguas

Initially we intended to go to Santa Rosa de la Yunga to see the location of the first mysterious population.  Manuel and I have a photo of the two of us from about 12 years ago standing upon the famous cliff, with the mighty Maranon in the background.  The photo captures fairly well how we felt at the time, as though we were standing at the edge of the world, or maybe on top of it.  At the time that picture was taken, the thought of having a wife, let alone a child seemed out of the realm of possibility.  Read More…

Understory Update – December 2017

2017 is almost in the bag! This seemed like a particularly busy year for us and things went by in a blur. We are anticipating a busy and exciting year for 2018. We will have, for the first time in a few years, more captive bred Cruziohyla calcarifer from CRARC stock. The little froglets are adorable and are growing well now. They will be available directly through us if in Canada or through our international distributors with the first shipments of the year. In addition to this, we have some absolutely stunning Ameerega bassleri of the yellow form available. These Read More…