The photo is a masterpiece by Guido Daniele. It is a tribute to the wonderful and threatened amphibian fauna of Madagascar through the technique of body-painting of which Guido is a renewed artist. Guidos’ handimals are known everywhere and represents interesting applications of art to nature conservation. Guido Daniele’s handimals are exposed in New York’s Rockefeller Center, 15th-25th January 2015 and dedicate to the work and life of Jane Goodall.

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Hand Models : Giulia Fossati & Serena Crystal Andreone
Hand Painters : Ginevra Daniele & Guido Daniele
Ph. & Retouch : Michael James Daniele
Zoologist : Franco Andreone


Guido Daniele’s “Handimals” Exhibit Debuts in the US at Top of the Mark


Boophis luteus

Boophis luteus is a frog present in most of the eastern rainforests of Madagascar. Like many other species of the genus it is an arboreal treefrog, breeding in rainforest streams, where tadpoles develop. Due to its wide distribution range it is classified as Least Concern in IUCN Red List, but many other frogs of Madagascar it is threatened by habitat alteration, including rainforest logging and extended fires. Its coloration is particularly attractive, with green body, whitish belly with bluish nuances and wonderful and attractive large eyes, red and white. Typically, such a green, white and red coloration is also the one appearing on Madagascar’s national flag. For this, B. luteus is an iconic symbol of frog conservation in Madagascar, and has been taken as logo in the two editions of the ACSAM (A Conservation Strategy for the Amphibians of Madagascar) Workshops, held respectively in Antananarivo (2006) and Ranomafana (2014).

By Franco Andreone


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