Amphibian populations are rapidly declining due to habitat loss, climate change and pollution. However, for the critically endangered Panamanian golden frog, the deadly amphibian chytrid fungus is largely to blame. But the frog’s future is getting brighter―Smithsonian scientists are saving some of the world's most endangered frogs, including this species, by maintaining and breeding a healthy assurance populations (a way to keep the species alive in captivity with the possibility of reintroduction to the wild). This project will be discussed at the Smithsonian's Earth Optimism Summit April 21-23, 2017.
Photo credit: Smithsonian’s National Zoo