Although sometimes difficult to see and find, amphibians are beautiful animals. Many frogs and salamanders are true jewels of the forest with their intriguing colors. But they are also extremely sensitive barometers of environmental health and their disappearance would have dramatic consequences for species that share the same ecosystems -including people.
Amphibians are the most threatened vertebrates in the world. They are in an especially dire situation, suffering the double-jeopardy of exceptionally high levels of threat coupled with low levels of conservation effort. Over 6,200 species have been identified; of those 41% are at risk of extinction, almost half in decline and more than 100 species possibly extinct according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. Major threats include habitat loss and a fungus that causes chytridomycosis, an infectious disease.