Recreating Lost Frogs is a project carried out by Kelly Body as part of the Master of Science Communication at Victoria University of Wellington. She loves sharing knowledge about these weird and wonderful creatures with others and is eager to explore more projects such as these in the future!
Aurora Frog (brown frog):
Did you know Aotearoa had extinct frogs? This artwork is a reconstruction of the Aurora frog in what would have been its natural habitat, before it went extinct shortly after the arrival of the rat to Aotearoa. From a partial skeleton, we know these unique frogs were a solid, robust, land-dwelling species that walked rather than hopped. This reconstruction was created by looking at scientific research detailing the bones of this species, as the Aurora frog went extinct well before anyone could photograph it.
Waitomo Frog (blue frog):
This artwork is a reconstruction of the now-extinct Waitomo frog in what would have been its natural habitat. These were the largest of Aotearoa’s endemic frogs, at around 100mm long. From their skeletons, we know that they were capable of hopping, with long, thin legs. This reconstruction was created by looking at scientific research detailing the bones of this species, as the Waitomo frog went extinct well before anyone could photograph it. This is the landscape picture with a Hochstetter’s frog also featuring bottom-right.
Aurora and Waitomo Frog:
This artwork is a reconstruction of two frogs, once common in Aotearoa, that are now extinct. The Aurora frog (top left) was a land-dwelling species found in the Fiordland region of the South Island, while the Waitomo frog (bottom right) was a stream-dwelling species found throughout the North Island. All we know about these frogs comes from the bones that have been found by dedication scientists, information which was used to piece together what these frogs would have looked like.
Each print is A4 in size and will be flat-packaged and couriered to you.