Working in the dark with a headlamp, Ivan Ramos inspects a small frog that has black and yellow stripes. Carefully, he stretches its tiny legs to check its bones. Then, he places it in a container lined with cotton and foam, about the size of a hockey puck. Ramos snaps the container shut before the frog can jump out and puts it in a cooler where dozens of frogs already await export.
“Today, we are sending 68 animals to Europe,” Ramos explained as he prepared to pack the next amphibian. “They will go to Denmark via Germany.”
Ramos works for Tesoros de Colombia (Treasures of Colombia), a company just outside of Bogotá, the capital, that sells frogs to collectors in Europe and the United States.