Amphibian Conservation

by Inga Yandell

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Hundreds of frog species around the world are on the brink of extinction.

The widespread population collapse due to chytridiomycosis an infectious disease caused by the chytrid fungus ‘Bd’ (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis), described by the Washington Post as “an amphibian version of a case of athlete’s foot from hell”.

Bd clogs frog pores and they die of a heart attack!

Global warming and pesticide use are threatening frogs in Europe, the Caribbean, Latin America, Central America and Australia. Panama in particular is a hotspot for frog extinction. The golden frog (Atelopus zeteki) the country’s mascot, has not been seen in the wild for five years.

Scientists like National Zoo Conservation Biologist Brian Gratwicke (from video above) are working to save Panama’s frogs and other amphibians from extinction.

To learn more about frogs and how you can help save them, visit: Panamanian Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project and Amphibian Ark.

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Inga Yandell
Explorer and photo-journalist, passionate about nature, culture and travel. Combining science and conservation with investigative journalism to provide educational resources and a platform for science exploration.
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