“This recent and massive decline in amphibian populations, that have been on Earth for millions of years, is one of the greatest extinction events in history.”
- Andrew Blaustein, Ph.D., Oregon State University
Amphibian Ark's Disturbing Statistics:
50% of some 6,000 described amphibian species, are threatened with extinction.
165 amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct, including 34 known to be extinct and 130 not found in recent years and possibly extinct.
500 amphibian species whose threats currently cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction.
January 18, 2008 Corvallis, Oregon - Can you imagine what the Earth would be like without frogs, toads and salamanders? Mosquitoes, flies and other insect populations eaten by amphibians would soar. Until now, the possibility that frogs, toads and salamanders that have been living on this planet for millions of years could ever disappear was unthinkable. 2008 has been declared the Year of the Frog by Amphibian Ark.org, which is trying to let the world know that amphibians are dying out in ever-increasing numbers. Scientists say that without immediate public, zoo and government efforts to conserve them, this century could see the extinction of nearly half of all the world's 6,000 amphibian species.
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