Animal Planet to premiere the first-ever documentary film on amphibians of India
MUMBAI: Wildlife channel Animal Planet will premiere the first-ever documentary film that focuses exclusively on amphibians of India – ‘The Secret Life of Frogs’ on 1st May at 9 pm.
Shot painstakingly over three years, the film is directed by the award-winning third generation of wildlife filmmakers – Vijay and Ajay Bedi. The Bedi brothers capture species that have their own unique story to tell – a frog that uses dance moves to seduce its mate, another that does a headstand, or the ‘potter frog’ that gently encases his eggs in clay to protect from predators.
This film throws up behavioral facts hitherto unknown to science, documenting for the first time the entire life cycle of the highly endangered, rare purple frog that emerges from underground to breed for just one day in a year.
‘The Secret Life of Frogs’ will premiere as a part of the new anthology ‘Animal Planet Presents’ which showcases award-winning films all weekdays – Monday to Friday at 9 pm. The anthology includes multiple award-winning films like ‘Tigerland, ‘A Wolf’s Journey’, legacy hit series like ‘Dodo Heroes’ ‘Epic Yellowstone’ and ‘Ivory Wars’.
‘The Secret Life of Frogs’ is a quest to draw attention to these tiny creatures as old as dinosaurs yet still a mystery to science. The quest is important as more than 80% of the 400 species of amphibians found in India are already on the endangered list. Some have not been seen from 18 to as long as 170 years. The figures are dire but important especially when one considers that about 60% of amphibians are endemic to the sub-continent.
Zulfia Waris, Vice President, Premium & Digital Networks, Discovery Communications India, said, “The Secret Life of Frogs has been told in an easy lyrical way. The aim is to draw attention to fossorial creatures that seldom receive conservation attention. The film is an ode to amphibians, it is also a plea to save them.”
Leading scientists such as Dr. SD Biju from Delhi University, Dr. Gururaja from Gubbi Labs and a team of young passionate scientists studying these unique creatures have been an integral part of the film’s journey in spreading awareness towards conservation of amphibians.