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Search for the Lost Frogs

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THE STORY:

Ranging from tiny poison dart frogs to the Chinese giant salamander (Andrias davidianus), the diverse class of creatures known as Amphibia is the most threatened group of vertebrates on the planet. Habitat loss, disease and climate change have caused some species to vanish without a trace in a single breeding season; however, the status of many of the world’s amphibians is currently unknown due to limited and outdated research.

Over the next few months, CI is supporting expeditions by amphibian experts in 18 countries across Latin America, Africa and Asia. Led by members of IUCN’s Amphibian Specialist Group, the research teams are in search of around 40 species that haven’t been seen for over a decade. Although there is no guarantee of success, scientists are optimistic about the prospect of at least one rediscovery.

Whatever the results, the expedition findings will expand our global understanding of the threats to amphibians and bring us closer to finding solutions for their protection. Bold conservation efforts are not only critical for the future of many amphibians themselves, but also for the benefit of humans that rely on pest control, nutrient cycling and other services the animals provide.

YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE SEARCH!
Go to www.conservation.org/lostfrogs to follow the search, learn about exciting rediscoveries from the field, see the Top 10 amphibians in our search, upload your own photos of amphibians, and join the conversation. We will post updates to Crowdrise as they come in so you can follow here too.

**DONATIONS:
If you would like to support this and our other work with a donation - THANK YOU! But so you know, all online donations to CI go to supporting our core initiatives and are unrestriced. Rest assured your donation will go towards supporting CI's important conservation work.

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