Conservation scientists want $404 million to save disappearing amphibians

Yesterday conservation scientists proposed a $404 million effort to preserve declining global amphibian poplations. The strategy would call for funding from governments, private institutions and individual donors to finance long-term research, protect critical habitats, reduce the trade in amphibians for food and pets, and establish captive breeding programs.



Earlier this year, the Global Amphibian Assessment, a survey of the planet’s amphibian species, found that nearly a third (32%) of the world’s 5743 known amphibian species are threatened and 129 species have gone extinct since 1980. Scientists believe there may be around 10,000 amphibian species on the planet.

No one is certain why amphibian populations are declining around the world. One leading theory links global climate change to the emergence of the deadly chytrid fungal disease. This fungus, which kills frogs by damaging the keratin layer of their skin, has decimated frogs worldwide.

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Kirtland Peterson

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