The Humble FROG
The beauty of frogs….
Species of frogs are discovered annually in Borneo and at present there are believed to be 178 known species. Frogs are amphibians, backboned animals that have adapted to living outside of water. Frogs have some unique characteristics which have enabled them to thrive in the rainforests of Borneo, 130 species of frog alone, (73%) can only be found on the island of Borneo. Frogs come in all sizes, shapes and colours and all have their own unique variations. Some like the Wallace’s flying frog has black, green and yellow patterns, and characteristic webbed feet that allow it to glide from one tree to another. The only time it’s found on the ground is during mating, when it constructs a bubble nest, while the Rock Frog secretes a poisonous venom from it’s skin as a defence mechanism. In 2008 a new species called the Bornean flat headed frog was discovered, (by the University of Singapore). This species of frog has NO LUNGS and is only 1 of 3 species of frogs which has been discovered with this adaptation. WHO SAID FROGS WERE BORING!
Why are frogs important?
Frogs are complex creatures and are vital to any ecosystem. Frogs don’t only breathe using their lungs but like many other amphibians, can breathe through their skin. Their skins are permeable and many species use them to supplement the oxygen they inhale. This makes them an essential indicator of how healthy an ecosystem is. Living in Borneo we are so lucky that we get to experience the beautiful chorus of frogs on a daily basis. After it has been raining the noise becomes even more deafening as our amphibian friends try and find a mate. Since living in Borneo we have had the pleasure of spending time with a local tribe called the Iban.The Iban have taken us out for weekend expeditions into primary rainforest (untouched for thousands of years), where we have had the privilege of learning more about life in the rainforests and its inhabitants. One activity we love as a family is walking up the river with head torches on looking for frogs. We are lucky that where we go the environment is still pristine and the frog populations are thriving.
However, unfortunately frogs, are in decline worldwide. Because they are so unique and intune with their environment, they find it very hard to cope with any changes to their habitat, no matter how small. Due to frogs having absorbent skin, the pollution of rivers by chemical and industrial waste is having a major detrimental effect on frog populations. Textiles manufacturing is one such industry, which is the cause of river pollution. Here at iameko we believe strongly that the textile industry doesn’t have to be detrimental to the environment or pollute our river systems. We believe manufacturing can be ethical and sustainable. To play our part all products from iameko use azo free dyes. Azo free dyes have had the metallic component removed, which means they are more sustainable and so better for the frogs and better for your little ones.
“When we save the frogs, we’re protecting all our wildlife, all our ecosystems and all humans.” - Dr Kerry Kriger (Founder & Executive of SAVE THE FROGS!)