The Amphibian Conservation Story
It is estimated that a third of the world's 6,000 amphibian species are threatened with extinction. The status of many more is unknown but believed to be imperiled, bringing the percentage of threatened species potentially as high as 50%. The global amphibian crisis is affecting our world in countless ways and is considered to be the greatest species conservation challenge in the history of humanity.
Recently the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and its Amphibian Specialist Group have created a global conservation campaign - The Amphibian Ark - and designated 2008 as "The Year of the Frog." In 2008, Amphibian Ark will lead zoos across the world and their conservation partners in a globally coordinated public awareness campaign for "The Year of the Frog." The main goal of this campaign is to generate public awareness and understanding of the amphibian extinction crisis and bring attention to the amphibian conservation movement, and also highlight ways in which the public can make positive contributions to conservation through activities in their daily lives.
Leap Into Action: Solving the Amphibian Crisis
In 2007, in collaboration with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, students enrolled in technology courses at Auburn Career Center created the following movie which highlights the problems facing amphibian populations in Panama and worldwide, what Cleveland Metroparks is doing to help and what each of us can do to help as well. Watch: