“Amphibians are the first line of defense. They are telling us that something is wrong,” warned Edgardo Griffith, a biologist speaking today at Franklin Park Zoo’s Party for the Planet. “If we don’t react to that message, it could be too late.”
Of the world’s 6,000 known amphibians, more than half are at risk of extinction, largely due to a fast-spreading fungus called chytrid that can kill 90 percent of frogs in its path in weeks. Loss of habitat and pollution also threaten frogs.
Griffith directs the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center in Panama, where frogs are treated for the infection. The frogs can never be released because there is no way to rid the outside world of the fungus. Zoo New England has been a partner in efforts to save frogs in Panama and globally.
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