Oh it feels good to be illustrating something again! As soon as I saw @frogtreegames ‘s DTIYS challenge I instantly knew what I wanted to do. Of course being me I had to make the frogs two critically endangered species. But before we get into that if you’re a frog fan then make sure to hop over to Laura’s page and give her a like (and enter her DTIYS and check out her awesome Kickstarter!).
Our yellow and black stripy frog is one of my all time favourites, the Southern Corroboree frog, found only in Kosciuszko National Park in Australia. Due to the toxins in their skin they have no natural predators but are classed as critically endangered due to habitat disturbance and climate change - particularly fires. Since 2010 a conservation programme has seen zoos across the country breed these frogs to reintroduce back into the wild to some success but they still have a long way to go.
The golden mantella frog is our other frog species. Also critically endangered these frogs come from Madagascar. As young frogs (froglets?) they are olive green in colour with dark marks on their hind legs but they turn to a beautiful bright orange or red colour as they mature. They live in a tiny patch of forest surrounded by degraded forest and are under threat due to expanding human habitation, fires and loss of habitat.