Prince Charles holds a stream tree frog as a dozen children stand around him.

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The prince and his frog

Prince Charles holds an Ecuadorian stream tree frog on July 5 as children admire the rare specimen during a children's environmental workshop at the World Wildlife Fund's U.K. Green Ambassadors Summit held in Doughton, Glousestershire, England.


The brown-and-orange speckled amphibious species was discovered in the rain forests of Ecuador's Cotacachi-Cayapas National Park in 2008 by Dr. Luis A. Coloma. The Prince Charles stream tree frog's scientific name is Hyloscirtus princecharlesi in honor of the prince's efforts toward conservation of rain forest habitats.


"I'm very touched. It’s very nice," the prince said at the event. "I have a lump in my throat. It must be a frog."


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Stream tree frog

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Hyloscirtus princecharlesi

A stream tree frog poses for the camera during the Green Ambassadors Summit in England.


Prince Charles, who currently presides over the U.K. branch of the World Wildlife Fund, is a well-known environmental advocate who has spent many years raising awareness about threats facing the natural world and championing urban sustainability and organic farming.


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Photos: Prince Charles and the prince frog
A colorful endangered frog is named 'Hyloscirtus princecharlesi' in honor of Prince Charles' efforts toward conservation of rain forest habitats.