An overview of the rich biodiversity of amphibians and reptiles in Laos

From 11 to 30 November, Nathanaël Maury, scientist and photographer, will present his new photographic exhibition “A new look at the biodiversity of Laos” in collaboration with the IRD and the French Institute of Laos.

Today, Costa Rica is THE destination for green tourism. The country is known worldwide for its exceptional ecosystems, but almost no one knows that the biodiversity of reptiles and amphibians in Laos is more various than in Costa Rica.

However, overexploitation of forest resources is endangering a large part of the country’s fauna, especially amphibians and reptiles which are considered as “sentinel species”. They are extremely sensitive to changes in the environment and can provide valuable information concerning the functioning of an ecosystem. More than 500 species of amphibians have seen their populations decline worldwide over the past 50 years, while 90 of them have become extinct.

There is an urgent need to gather information about them. This is the aim set by Nathanaël Maury, a citizen scientist. He developed a photographic shooting technique that produces strikingly realistic images. This technique, called “Focus stacking”, produces very high-quality pictures that will be exhibited at the French Institute of Laos from 11 to 30 November 2021. These images will be displayed as part of the OHSEA project.

Éric Deharo, IRD representative in Laos, made a film about it that will be shown during the exhibition.

Contacts :

Eric Deharo

Nathanaël Maury

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