Today is save The Frogs Day! Save The Frogs Day is the largest day of Amphibian education and conservation and has 192 events across 23 countries. Why should I care about frogs? Well, we all hate mosquito's and ticks but its not just us that hate them, they threaten Chimpanzees and Hawaiian birds. Frogs can also tell you a lot about the environment. If you find a frog that isn't going very well, that means that the environment that it's from isn't well either. Will the next geration see these amazing creatures? Over 200 different types of frogs have already met their doom and have become extinct!
So recently Michael Vella and the team at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary announced for Save The Frogs Day that they have bred the second generation of the Liems Tinker Frog in their frog box. To begin the project they only had a collection of 8 frogs! Now the Sanctuary has 150 and now have bred a second generation. This is a world first breeding program. There were once 6 species of Tinker Frogs and now there are only 3 left and the goal with this project was to save these last 3 remaining species.
The Liems Tinker Frogs threats are chytrid fungus which is a fungus that kills them within 2 weeks. Chytrid Fungus came to Australia and other countries when a introduced frog hopped into a pond and then that pond was contaminated. When other frogs then hopped in it they became contaminated, causing this fungus to spread. The process continues as the contaminated frogs travel and jump into more ponds causing lots of habitats to contain chytrid fungus. This fungus attacks the skin of the frog. Frogs skin is very sensitive and vital for their survival as they breath and drink through through their skin. Another threat is habitat destruction and feral predators.
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