- After thriving for millions of years, Frogs and all our other amphibians are in trouble!
- Because amphibians are so specialized any habitat loss or degradation is a huge problem.
- Even more important is a disease called the “amphibian chytrid fungus” which is devastating amphibian populations. Scientists believe that many species could go extinct before we are even able to act.
- In 2006 a program called the Amphibian Ark was created
- In addition to helping to save habitat there is another option for immediate conservation action captive breeding. This approach could save hundreds or even thousands of species if we act quickly. Zoos and aquariums play a crucial role in this solution by sharing their experience working with amphibians and providing breeding grounds away from threatened habitats (ex situ).
- 2008 has been declared the Year of the Frog to focus people on helping all amphibians.
Since many of the challenges facing amphibians relate directly to the quality of their environment, Canadians are in a position to take personal action that can positively impact the well-being of our amphibians.
Visit CAZA's website where you will find links to many programs that will allow you to help Canada’s frogs.