With one third to one half of all amphibian species around the world threatened with extinction and more than 160 species lost in the last decade alone, a Sir Lancelot is needed if the world is going to “hop” with success.
The extinction crisis is mainly due to man’s destruction of amphibians’ natural habitats, but in a deadly combination with pollution and climate change, they now face an even bigger and deadlier threat – a fungal disease called Amphibian chytrid.
This killer Chytrid fungi, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, (Bd) is steadily spreading throughout the world and is a major factor in the decline of amphibian population on every continent.
Who will save the hopping damsels in distress?
Enter the Bristol Zoo in London. It has become the Sir Lancelot for two critically endangered rain forest frog species. The Lemur Leaf Frog and the Golden Mantella Frog will live in the Camelot of amphibian enclosures the Amphipod.
This Camelot love shack will encourage breeding in a “safe house” until the threat from the fungus declines in the world. That may take 100 years, but the frogs hopefully will survive.
The building will be managed like a quarantine facility, that will keep frogs safe and away from any threat of disease,while allowing their keepers the opportunity to provide the specialized care needed.
Bristol Zoo believes if each zoo in Europe could save one or two species that would save hundreds of endangered species that might otherwise be lost. Raising funds to build AmphiPod took nearly a year. Bristol Zoo says it still needs around $45,000 to run the facility for the next three years.
The Lemur Leaf frog (Hylomantis lemur) from Panama and Costa Rica and Madagascar’s Golden Mantella frog (Mantella aurantiaca). According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Leaf frog has lost 80 percent of its population in the past 10 years, largely because of the chytrid fungus. The Mantella frog lives in a tiny habitat less than 10 square kilometers ( 3.9 sq. miles) in size, which is rapidly being destroyed along with most of Madagascar’s biodiversity-rich forests.
For these very lucky frogs, hopefully it be a paradise where their numbers will increase and multiply and once again fill the earth.
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