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 Amphibian mass extinction

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Jake Hawthorne

Number of posts : 151
Age : 36
Location : Ontario, Canada
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Registration date : 2010-10-17

PostSubject: Amphibian mass extinction   Sat 27 Nov - 1:29

This topic really disturbes me,

Within the next 5-10 years, possibly 1/3 of all amphibian species could be extinct. Our children or grandchildren might grow up without ever seeing a frog, toad or salamander. The biggest issues are habitat loss and pollution, but the Chytrid fungus is quickly devestating some populations. The pet trade is a major contributor of spreading the fungus when infected amphibians are released into new areas, and when they are collected from the wild to be sold as pets.


If all the zoo worldwide capable of captively breeding amphibian species participate in a rescue project, only 10% of the threatened species would be saved. It will ultimately fall in the hands of herp hobbyists like us to lend our resources and passion for the animals to make a difference. If we don't, a very large proportion of an entire order of vertebrates may no longer exist.

I know this is pretty depressing news, but it can be a positive thing if people get involved to help prevent it.
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