The Last Known Rabb’s Fringe-Limbed Treefrog Has Died at Atlanta Botanical Garden
Rare frog goes extinct, despite rescue efforts
by Bo Emerson
A rare tree frog – the last documented member of a species relatively new to science – has died at the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
body of the Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum), estimated to be about 12
years old, was discovered in its enclosure Monday morning during a
routine daily health inspection.
In 2005 the garden, Zoo Atlanta and Southern Illinois University
sent a team of scientists to Panama to collect live animals before the
chytrid disease struck the area. Among the frogs they brought back to
Atlanta was a species of tree frog, Ecnomiohyla rabborum, new
to science, the Rabbs’ frog.It was later named for
conservationists George and Mary Rabb. In time, the disease did arrive
in Panama, and many of the frogs disappeared…
“The Yuletide Newt, or, Alderman Titus Palmer, Delivering Alms, in the County of Lancashire, Winter 1802” (12” x 12” on stretched cotton-duck, SOLD). *nearly at the end of these Christmas Card images for 2016*
Prior to the rationalization of local administrative areas under the Municipal Reform Act (1835), these areas in England were governed by the Parish Church Vestry Committee. Vestries controlled the governance of both religious and secular local matters. Parishes were the successors of the ancient manorial system, and historically had been grouped into areas known as ‘hundreds,’ a geographical region used, primarily, for the collection and allocation of local taxes. Within each Parish Church Vestry Committee there was a hierarchy of, mainly, two named representatives: councillors and aldermen. Councillors were directly elected by the electorate, but aldermen were elected by councillors; aldermen, therefore, to precedence.
The role of the alderman was to chair committees and transact other important parish council business. In 1801, an amendment was added to the published Constitution of the Parish Church Vestry Committee, requiring aldermen in all local parishes to perform acts of charity within their local communities once a year. In the Borough of Preston in Lancashire, the alderman, Titus Palmer – a keen skater – undertook his charitable duties with great enthusiasm, especially when the local waterways were frozen sufficiently. This painting celebrates Titus Palmer’s alms-giving using his favoured method of personal transport.
I hope it’s not immodest to relate that of all the hundreds of paintings I’ve made, this is probably my personal favourite of them all; I don’t really know why exactly, which is odd, but there it is. If your delivering alms of some sort, or receiving them today, I hope the day brings you peace and happiness. #newt #skating #winter #amphibian #presents