Why the Name Coquí

Why the Name Coquí Baby?

Coquí is a tree frog beloved by the people of Puerto Rico for its symphony of chirping that lulls the children of Puerto Rico to sleep each night. We say “chirping” because it does sound like a bird, but with a distinctive two-syllable call. Cutting through the stillness of the night is the coquí calling out its name to the stars, “ko-KEE!”

While not endangered in Puerto Rico, the coquís as a species also represent the environmental movement. Frogs are often the first harbingers of pollution, as they are more sensitive to pollutants, especially the by products in the making of plastics. Scientists will often test the fertility and the health veracity of the frog populations to determine the existence and levels of pollutants in water.

By taking care of the coquí, we take care of ourselves and our children.

Lyrics to the children’s folk song El Coquí in Spanish & English:

El coquí, el coquí a mi me encanta.
Esta lindo el cantar del coquí.
Por las noches salir acostarme.
Me adormece cantando así.

Chorus:
Coquí, coquí, coquí,
Me adormece cantando así.
Coquí, coquí, coquí,
Me adormece cantando así.

Little coquí frog, how I love you.
How I love your beautiful song.
In the night as I am sleeping,
You sing to me all night long.

Chorus:
Coquí, coquí, coquí,
I hear you singing to me.
Coquí, coquí, coquí,
I hear you singing to me.

Sung by Caroline Pircon

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