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One Of 5 “Lost” Amphibian Species Recently Rediscovered

See-Through Frog

Photograph Found On National Geoographic's Site: Courtesy Of Eli Greenbaum

 

Not seen since the 1950’s, this remarkable see-through frog, which is pregnant bursting with eggs, is one of five “lost” amphibian species recently discovered in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).  For more information about this five new discoveries, go to: Lost Frogs Found Article.

NOTE: A mass extinction to many amphibians is occurring right now due to habitat loss, pollution, climate change and an exotic fungus called “chytrid fungus“, which is a result of global warming.

Click On The Photos Below – To Read About The Other 4 Frogs Rediscovered!

High-Altitude Frog

Fingernail-Sized Frog

Forest Survivor Frog

Puddle Frog

 

SAVE The Frogs Day – April 29, 2011

Amphibian populations have been rapidly disappearing worldwide and nearly one-third of the world’s amphibian species are on the verge of extinction. Up to 200 species have completely disappeared since 1979. Founded in 2008, SAVE THE FROGS! is America’s first and only public charity dedicated to amphibian conservation. Their mission is to protect amphibian populations and to promote a society that respects and appreciates nature and wildlife.

Please become a member and support their worldwide amphibian conservation efforts. Together we can SAVE THE FROGS!

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California Has 3 Species Of True Frogs: Native Reg-Legged Frogs (Now Becoming Scare Because Of Habitat Loss) and Yellow Legged Frogs, and The East Coast Import, The Bullfrog.

California Red-legged Frogs are typically found only in California. They are approximately 2-5.5 inches in length and are brown, gray, olive or red with black fle…cks and blotches. They have a whitish border above their upper jaw and their underside is normally red. These frogs toes are not fully webbed and have weak throaty calls that last 2-3 seconds. California Red-legged Frogs are often found in dense, shrubby vegetation near bodies of water. In 1996, they were listed as a threatened species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service due to habitat destruction, being sold as food, and being preyed upon by non-native species.

Study Suggests El Nino and a Pathogen Were The Result of The Golden Toad’s Extinction



After an extremely dry season in Costa Rica in 1986-1987, the golden toad suddenly vanished. Originally scientists thought the combination of global warming and the deadly chytrid fungus was to blame, but recent studies suggest that El Nino was the trigger and a pathogen killed the Costa Rican toad that resulted in the extinction.

Photo found on the 7th Space Interactive Web: Click on Photo to Read Article


The new paper, in the March 1 issue of the Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the dry conditions (the driest it’s been in a hundred years) caused the toads to congregate in a small number of puddles to reproduce, prompting the disease to spread rapidly.The fungus apparently kills frogs and toad by release poison and attacks their skin and teeth.


Frog Thought to Be Extinct, Rediscovered in Australia




Biologists Luke Pearce and David Hunter (who is a frog expert with the New South Wales Environment Department), found a small frog better know as the “yellow-spotted bell frog” in a creek bed on private property recently.  This frog had been declared extinct more than 30 years ago!

Bluefin Tuna: Most Endangered Species Due to Severe Overfishing






According to an article today in The New York Times, Japan plans to ignore any ban on Bluefin Tuna.  The article stated that Japan will not join in any agreement to ban international trade in Atlantic bluefin tuna under the United Nations treaty on endangered species, the country’s top fisheries negotiator said.




Next month at a CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, also known as the Washington Convention) meeting in Doha, Qatar, a formal proposal for the Bluefin Tuna ban is scheduled which requires the approval of two-thirds of its 175 member countries.


The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) affirmed in October 2009 that Atlantic bluefin tuna stocks are declining dramatically, by 72% in the Eastern Atlantic, and by 82% in the Western Atlantic.

Governments 'must tackle' roots of nature crisis

By Richard Black


Environment Correspondent, BBC News Website


Balinese fishing grounds have just been protected to safeguard stocks


Governments must tackle the underlying causes of biodiversity loss if they are to stem the rate at which ecosystems and species are disappearing.

Mammals "Rafted" to Madagascar, Climate Model Suggests

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Ker Than for National Geographic News Published this article on January 20, 2010.


Photograph by Frans Lanting, National Geographic Stock



Only in the movies could a lion, a zebra, a giraffe, and a hippo wash ashore on Madagascar to start a new life.


But a new computer model suggests there may be a grain of truth in the animated fiction: The ancestors of ring-tailed lemurs, flying foxes, and other mammals that live on the Indian Ocean island got there aboard natural rafts.

New Species Discovered With an Uncertain Future

A team of researchers from the Arizona-based Reptile & Amphibian Ecology International announced they have discovered a new rain frog along with 30 other unknown species in Ecuador’s highland forest.  Unfortunately, global warming is a real threat for this new species and all creatures that live in the forest.


To read this article (CLICK HERE) or click on the photo below.


New Species of Rain Frog Discovered: Photo found on National Geographic

San Diego Zoo Host "Koalapalooza"

The San Diego Zoo is celebrating the animals of the outback this weekend. There will be special demonstrations from zoo researchers and veterinarians and you will have the opportunity to meet animals such as Koalas, Kangaroos and Kookaburras! CLICK HERE to visit the zoo’s website for more information.


Photo found on LA Times Blog "L.A. Unleashed"

Giant Salamanders in Japan Receive Assistance in Their Journey Upstream

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Here is a GREAT SOLUTION and wonderful story about the Giant Salamanders in Japan.


Unfortunately, we hear too much about the destruction and habitat loss for animals and hear little about what is being done to resolve this problem.  The Japanese people created an innovative way to assist the Giant Salamander make it’s way up stream by building ramps and staircases in the dams.  This new solution/program is critical and essential for the Giant Salamanders, since this is where they lay their eggs!



To watch the video courtesy of National Geographic Daily News, CLICK HERE or on photo below.


Photo found on National Geographic's Website