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Save the Frogs!
Save the Frogs Day is April 28!

Why, you might ask, do we need to save the frogs?
 
Frogs are an integral part of the food web

Tadpoles keep waterways clean by feeding on algae, including sources from which we get our water.. Adult frogs eat large quantities of insects, including disease vectors that can transmit fatal illnesses to humans (i.e., mosquitoes/malaria). Frogs also serve as an important food source to a diverse array of predators, including dragonflies, fish, snakes, birds and even monkeys. Thus, the disappearance of frog populations disturbs an intricate food web, and results in negative impacts that cascade through the ecosystem.

Frogs are bioindicators
Most frogs require suitable habitat in both the terrestrial and aquatic environments, and have permeable skin that can easily absorb toxic chemicals. These traits make frogs especially susceptible to environmental disturbances, and thus frogs are considered accurate indicators of environmental stress: the health of frogs is thought to be indicative of the health of the biosphere as a whole. Frogs are currently disappearing at a more rapid rate than any animals in the past 65 million years: this should serve as an alarm call to humans that something is drastically wrong in the environment.

Frogs are cool!
Frogs provide a source of enjoyment and cultural fascination to humans and it would be morally irresponsible to allow them to continue on their current extinction trajectory.

Frog populations have been declining worldwide at unprecedented rates, and nearly one-third of the world's 6,418 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. At least 100 species have completely disappeared since 1980, and this is NOT normal: amphibians naturally go extinct at a rate of only about one species every 250 years.

Frog populations are faced with an onslaught of environmental problems: pollution, infectious diseases, habitat loss, invasive species, climate change, and over-harvesting for the pet and food trades. Unless these problems are remedied, amphibian species will continue to disappear, resulting in irreversible consequences to the planet's ecosystems.

Dr. Kerry Kriger, Founder and Executive Director of SAVETHEFROGS!, explains why we need to stop taking those cute amphibians for granted. "After I completed my Ph.D. research on amphibian diseases, I realized that amphibian conservation efforts were failing. The species extinction rate was a high as ever and showed no signs of abating. The recommendations that scientists were offering politicians and businesses were not being implemented. Our society as a whole was completely unaware of the amphibian extinction crisis. While there were other non-profit organizations that ran amphibian projects, there were no other organizations dedicated exclusively to amphibian conservation."

Learn more fascinating frog facts here.

Join the movement to save the frogs today! Find out more at http://www.savethefrogs.com/..Sources: www.savethefrogs.com
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