Dinosaurs, Dodos, Quagga & Frogs?

Do our frogs face a future of extinction like the Quagga, Dodo and Dinosaurs? Will future generations pick up fossils, bones and photos of this amphibian species and wonder how we allowed them to die out?

We know a third of  the amphibian species are on the edge of becoming extinct, those trying to make a difference in the frogs survival say about 120 species are already gone!  Yes, yes, many species are still being discovered today, but how many will become extinct before they are found?

painted reed-frog

Frogs play an important part of the food chain, both as predator and prey. Climate change, pollution and the use of harmful pesticides are all contributing factors, but habitat loss and a parasitic fungus (amphibian chytrid ) are the biggest threats.

The iSimangaliso Wetland Park has the highest number of frog species in southern Africa. Protected areas like this park are important for the survival of many species.  Urban and rural developments, forestry and agricultural practices are causing rapid losses of habitat.

My challenge to the readers of this blog is to ask people in the tourism industry on game reserves, game farms and game parks what they are doing to conserve the frog species on their property. To those people thinking about setting up a golf course or housing development in a wetland area, stop thinking and change your plans. Take a frogging safari and learn more about them, they are not all gruesome and perhaps we will all contribute to the life of a frog.

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4 Responses to “Dinosaurs, Dodos, Quagga & Frogs?”

  1. Wayne Bisset says:

    I stand under correction but believe that frogs are the barometer of any ECO system. Because of the “breathing” through their skin, they are very sensitive. So when the frogs are in trouble everything else is next.
    Thank you for this very well written article.

  2. Trailsafari says:

    Glad you enjoyed it, Wayne. Just hope more people pay attention to the little creatures as much as they do to THE BIG 5!

  3. Garrick says:

    Wetlands should be out of bounds for all developers. They are the kidneys of the earth in terms of how water follows it’s natural cycle. I spend quite a lot of time in the Lowveld and there are still plenty of frogs there. I found one in my shoe at the squash courts one day. That was a little startling! I would say that they are indicators for other things also like water quality, air quality, sun intensity, to name but a few. It would be cool if our leaders could take some serious interest in preserving our water quality. Power we can do without. Try living without water. Thanks for your article.

  4. Trailsafari says:

    I like that Garrick – wetlands are the kidneys of the earth! We are also blessed to live in an area of the Waterberg that has many frogs and it’s a privilege to hear the deep croak or high pitched beeps of frogs singing on a hot summer’s night! I have recently been in touch with a few rangers in KZN and they have no idea how many species of frogs occur on the reserves, it’s just not information that get relayed!
    As you say, we need to get down to the conservation of soil and water before we attempt greater things!

 
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