We are in the early stages of the sixth mass extinction event in our planet's history. This time, one single species is to blame. The Panamanian golden frog (technically a toad) is the country's national animal, a symbol of good luck, and extinct in the wild. This half-hour documentary film chronicles how Panamanian biologist Edgardo Griffith and his wife Heidi Ross realized earlier than most that their homeland's unique amphibians were in serious trouble. An invasive fungal pathogen, introduced by humans, was running rampant through the country, killing more than 90% of amphibians in its wake. They worked tirelessly in the early 2000s to capture more than 60 species of amphibians, treat them for the virulent fungus, find them a temporary home in a converted hotel room full of aquariums, and find or breed thousands of insects for them to eat. And that was just the beginning. Now Heidi is the Director of the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center, the permanent home for the next generations of these precious animals. Edgardo keeps searching the mountains and rainforests for remnant populations. On one of these searches he got lucky... The film also features Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the Sixth Extinction, discussing the plight of amphibians around the world.

Running Time
27 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Documentary, Short
Sam Sheline
Panama, USA
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Comments about documentary «Harbinger» (21)

Samantha avatar

Loved it. Well played out

Roy Evans avatar
Roy Evans

This was special! Director Sam Sheline and his crew have crafted a beautiful looking film.

Jane S. avatar
Jane S.

I'm surprised I've not watched it sooner but hugely enjoyed every moment of this film. This film is up there in my top 10 films!

Carol Hoffman avatar
Carol Hoffman

I love the movie the story line is great and so is the acting

Brittany Gordon avatar
Brittany Gordon

Not sure if there is a better movie ever made! This is the best!

Doris S. avatar
Doris S.

It's a great movie and it's worth seeing. Sam Sheline done well in making this movie

Andrew avatar

Don't hesitate. You'll like it.

Janet C. avatar
Janet C.

This film is truly a masterpiece, and Sam Sheline greatest work to date!

Joseph T. avatar
Joseph T.

So, what makes this film different? It's smart, focused, and suspenseful.

Dennis avatar

I went to see this film last night and was immersed in it from the very first minutes