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About the Crisis
other amphibians around the world are facing an extinction crisis
rivaling that of the dinosaurs. Golden Toads in the cloud forests of
Costa Rica disappeared as their breeding habitat dried up in an
increasingly warm and dry climate. Entire populations of clownish
harlequin frogs have vanished, one by one, from their tropical
streams as a deadly fungus marched across the landscape. Streams and
forests that once held hundreds of peeping, croaking frog voices are now
such as these began making headlines in the 1980’s and since then
have become alarmingly common. Amphibians are disappearing – not
just in tropical jungles but in deserts and woodlands and ponds
around the world.
Amphibians, which include frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and
caecilians, serve many vital functions in the ecosystems in which
Their disappearance is happening so fast and at such a grand scale
that it has prompted a global conservation movement like no other in
history. The recent
Global Amphibian Assessment
estimates that at least one third of all amphibian species around
the globe are threatened with extinction in the immediate future
unless something is done to protect them.
of the Frog
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) has joined with the World
Conservation Union’s Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) to create
the Amphibian Ark (AArk), declaring 2008 the “Year of the Frog”. The
goal - to save the 500 most endangered amphibian species from
Frogs and toads are falling victim to acid
rain, global warming, invasive species, and habitat loss. Recently, the
deadly “chytrid fungus” (fungal disease chytridiomycosis) has
spread around the world, devastating amphibian populations in its wake.
As a result, many amphibian populations are in immediate danger of
extinction unless urgent action is taken to prevent it.
The amphibian crisis is particularly severe in the Latin American and
Caribbean regions, and rescue facilities are needed as soon as possible
to save endangered species. Unfortunately,
many of the existing institutions in these regions lack adequate funds
to establish such programs despite possessing the interest and technical
expertise to develop them. In short, they need our help!
Read on to find out how you can help an institution to develop a
breeding facility to save a species!
distribution of threatened amphibians
these short videos about amphibians and the threats they face:
Leap of Faith (Focus on Panama and the El Valle Amphibian
Conservation Center - Requires Quicktime)
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 1 (Overview, filmed in Ecuador)
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 2 (Life cycle: Mating to
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 3 (Adaptations)
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 4 (Diversity, focus on species
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 5 (Value/Services)
Chanting and Enchanting Animals Ch. 6
(Threats and Solutions)