The world is facing what may be the single largest mass extinction event since the time of the dinosaurs: almost half of the world's 6,000 known amphibian species could be wiped out in our lifetimes. Habitat loss, pollution and hunting are serious concerns, but the most immediate threat to amphibians is amphibian chytrid ("kit-rid"); it's a parasitic fungus and deadly disease that's quickly spreading across the planet. For more than 360 million years, amphibians have not only survived, but also flourished, around the world. But in the past decade, 165 species of frogs have become extinct.
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