Thursday, February 7, 2008

Why Are Amphibians Declining?

In recent years, scientists and conservationists have been working to raise public awareness of a global decline in amphibian populations. Herpetologists first started noting that amphibian populations were falling at many of their study sites in the 1980s.

By 1990, a significant global trend had emerged — one that overstepped normal population fluctuations. Herpetologists and conservationists started voicing their concern for the worldwide fate of amphibians and their message was alarming:

Of the estimated 5,900 known species of amphibians that inhabit our planet, over 1,800 species were listed as endangered, threatened or vulnerable.

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