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About the Project

The Amphibian Project recognizes that people care about wildlife and genuinely want to be good stewards of the earth.  Unfortunately, the environmental problems of today – melting ice caps, mass extinctions, shifting weather patterns – can seem so overwhelming that we are left feeling helpless and wondering how we can really make a difference.  

This is your chance to tackle a big problem in a small but important way.  Together, we can actually save the Large-crested Toad from extinction.  We are asking you to join us.  

How Does it Work?  

The Amphibian Ark is calling on zoos around the world to participate in the 2008 Year of the Frog campaign. Together, these zoos will work to ‘rescue’ endangered amphibians from threats such as chytrid fungus, global warming and habitat loss. Rescued amphibians will be housed and bred in captivity until they can be safely released back into the wild. 

Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately, the true challenge lies in raising sufficient funding and support to help zoos accomplish this goal. That’s where we come in.   

The Amphibian Project, in coordination with Amphibian Ark, will help one zoo in Puebla, Mexico - Africam Safari - to build just such a facility to save the critically endangered Large-crested Toad (Bufo cristatus). With our financial support, Africam Safari will not only build the facility, but they will also begin restoring the toad’s degraded forest habitat and develop educational programs for the local communities within the toad’s habitat. Learn more about the Large-crested Toad here.

We are also working to engage school teachers in the U.S. to raise awareness about this critical issue.  If you are a teacher, see what you can do to help!