Disney’s Frog-Focused Activities

[Disney’s frog-focused activities] are part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ efforts to promote conservation and raise awareness of the serious decline in amphibian populations. According to some estimates, as many as one-third of the known amphibian species may be threatened by extinction because of loss of habitat, climate change, pollution and disease.

Puerto Rican Crested Toad

Puerto Rican Crested Toad

At Disney’s Animal Kingdom, members of the Animal Programs team are studying the nutritional needs of the Puerto Rican Crested Toad, a species native to Puerto Rico where it is threatened by extinction. The study will help conservationists determine alternate habitat where food is abundant for them. Researchers are also studying the amphibian population in our backyard – Disney’s Wildlife Management and Conservation Area.

Frogs and amphibians play an essential role in the ecosystems of the world and are keenly attuned to changes in the environment and are considered an “indicator” species, meaning they can provide an early warning for endangered ecosystems. In addition, frogs provide valuable scientific and medical benefits to humans. The skin of amphibians contains substances that can protect them from some microbes and viruses, which can offer possible medical cures for a variety of human diseases, including AIDS.

Full story at The Disney Blog

Kirtland Peterson

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