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The Single Largest
Mass Extinction
Since The Dinosaurs

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Frogs Forever?

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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The Greatest Conservation Challenge We've Faced

Frogs survived the age of the dinosaurs, but almost half of them are threatened with extinction today in one of the biggest extinction crises humans have ever experienced. Amphibians are indicators of environmental health and contributors to human health. The Vancouver Aquarium has joined forces with zoos and aquariums around the world to try and stop hundreds of species from vanishing forever in a global effort called Amphibian Ark (AArk).

Rescuing Threatened Species

AArk's goal is to raise awareness about amphibian vulnerability and rescue at least 500 of the most threatened species. These species will be protected and bred in secure facilities at zoos and aquariums until the animals can one day be released back into nature. The Vancouver Aquarium has opened a new amphibian gallery, Frogs Forever?, to raise awareness and has made a long-term commitment to researching and breeding seriously endangered amphibian species. Our new exhibit, featuring 26 species of amphibians, trains the spotlight on the plight of the world's frogs and how we can all help save them from extinction.

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Oregon Spotted Frog
Conservation Program

The Oregon spotted frog is the most endangered amphibian in Canada. Habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native species into the Fraser River Valley have caused the Oregon spotted frog population to decline rapidly in recent years. In an effort to protect the species, the Aquarium joined the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team in 2000.

Why Is The Oregon Spotted Frog So Important?

While it is not known exactly how Oregon spotted frogs fit into the local ecology, they do play an important role and that's why it’s so important to save them. Every species is part of an intricate web, and taking a species away from that web creates an imbalance that may have negative effects on other species.
View the Oregon spotted frog AquaFact to learn more.

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How The Aquarium Is Helping

The Aquarium joined the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Team in 2000. In 2007, Oregon spotted frog eggs were collected to establish an aquarium-based assurance population. The first ever Oregon spotted frog breeding in an aquarium environment took place in 2010. In 2011, close to 3,000 cultured tadpoles and juvenile frogs were released into natural habitats near established populations in the wild.
Read more about the Aquarium's Oregon spotted frog conservation on AquaBlog.


Thank You

Some funding for the Oregon Spotted Frog Recovery Program generously provided by Earth Rangers

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