I would like to introduce you to an amazing young man who is out to save all the frogs in the world. His name is Justin. When I first met him, he was a first grader (2017-18). Justin has an amazing website ForTheLoveOfFrogs.com
He and other kids like him are going to change the future of our planet. They need your support. Just look at what Justin has done. Hoping that someday he’ll become the head of the EPA. Working as a naturalist would be just as good too.
I love frogs, especially tree frogs. Apparently many people do not consider these animals cute, beautiful and charismatic creatures. I cannot imagine this.
I remember hearing that Frog populations were beginning to disappear fifty years ago. They were considered to be the above ground canary warning us that something was wrong with our environment. In the past, miners took canaries into the mines to detect poisonous gases, such as carbon monoxide. Need I tell you, that a canary belly-up was a bad sign. The dying off of frogs are due to deforestation, and in time rising seas will wipe out many too as the islands they live on are taken over by the sea.
What’s really killing amphibians, tree frogs focused on here, is the “first major wildlife disease outbreak in the world.” (National Geographic). A water borne pathogen called chytrid fungus is the culprit that is decimating amphibian populations. Some amphibians such as the American Bullfrog are resistant to this disease though they may be carriers of this disease (amphibian ark).
Cusuco National Park, a cloud forest, in Honduras is one of the most biodiverse natural habitats in the world, especially for amphibians. The populations of the extremely diverse group of tree frogs that live in this Park are disappearing rapidly. Local inhabitants who have the pleasure to see these beauties everyday, for they are everywhere, are saddened by the loss these animals and fear there extinction.
Critically Endangered in Honduras. In the last 10 years, 80% of them are gone.
Fortunately, Jonathan Kolby, a biologist and National Geographic explorer, has set up the Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center (HARCC), to study and treat those infected. There is a cure. When free of the disease they are returned to wild. HARCC is running a fundraiser right now (10/17/16). Please support them.
Do know that some species are the most poisoness animals on earth and can be deadly if handled. This is their defense against so many predators that if they could would devour them. Even so, they are one of the cutest animals in the world.
We lost this one.
Hoping to get a movement going, the Get Loud for Endangered Species Movement, I have made t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, mugs, etc. to wear or give as gifts. Though I’ve included many kinds of animals in my shop, this ad focuses on frogs. Watch, it’s fun too.