Amphibians Under Siege in the Anthropocene

There’s not a lot to say that isn’t said, or heard, in the video above, which I created with content generously provided by the Atlanta Botanical Garden and Zoo Atlanta. The two institutions had safeguarded the last two members of an extraordinary Panamanian amphibian — Rabbs’ fringe-limbed tree frog. They were both male. The zoo’s frog died in 2012. The botanical garden’s frog, named Toughie, was found dead in its habitat on Sept. 26, 2016.

Learn more in my Dot Earth post: “Species, Interrupted — Why it Matters When Extinction Silences a Tree Frog.”

And please also read the Op-Ed article on this biological vanishing act by Joseph R. Mendelson III, the director of research at Zoo Atlanta and the lead author of the paper describing the newly discovered species nearly a decade ago.