If you’re lucky enough to live near a pond or wetland where frogs peep, chirrup, bark, or trill a deafening spring chorus, you might not realize that amphibian numbers are plummeting around the world. In fact, frogs, salamanders and caecilians make up the most threatened group of animals on our planet.
Forty-one percent—nearly half—of the 6,000-plus identified amphibian species have been evaluated as in danger of extinction by the International Union for Conservation of Species (IUCN), the global authority on the conservation status of animal and plant species. Already, 165 amphibian species are believed to be extinct. And scientists estimate that it’s too late to keep another 500 species from disappearing.
Many of amphibians’ problems are manmade: habitat loss, toxic pollutants, climate change, predation by non-native species and the spread of deadly funguses that are infecting frogs and salamanders around the world, in part through the international pet trade.
But if we are amphibians’ worst enemy, we also have the capacity to be their best hope. Shedd is helping amphibians, and you can too.
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