Sir David Attenborough on the amphibian crisis
, BBC radio, Jan. 3:
“Frogs have been dying out … for a long time… some of it’s to do with pesticide pollution, some of it’s to do with loss of habitat… but there has been a mysterious disease which we have now identified… And at the moment there is no cure, and the disease is steadily spreading its way around the world.”
“There are some 5,000 species of frogs around the world… crucial … in the ecology of any region… If there are no frogs eating the larvae, there could be a great increase in the number of mosquitoes around. Equally, there are reptiles and mammals – and birds, particularly – which live on frogs. If they don’t find food from the frogs, they too will become endangered. So once you lose a major element in an ecological system, the echoes, the consequences, are widespread and very, very difficult to predict.”
“… the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, … those responsible societies and organizations which are concerned about conservation, it’s… relatively easy for them to set up bio secure breeding areas. For example, you can get a normal container that ships use to transport goods, and you can convert that into a biologically secure environment in which you can take a population of frogs and preserve it and keep it biologically secure until we have sorted out how we can deal with this disease, and then we may be able to release them in the wild.”
NOTE: The North Carolina Zoo is seeking to build something larger, to deal with several different endangered, amphibian species at one time. The NC Zoo Society is seeking to raise up to $500,000 to help make this happen.
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