At Josh’s Frogs, one of the largest private breeders of neotropical amphibians in the United States, we’re committed to protecting wild populations of the amphibians we love. With our experience propagating neotropical anura in captivity we are determined to do what we can to supplant the demand for wild caught frogs with healthy, ethically produced, captive bred animals.[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][text_output]
Amphibians the world over are facing probably the world’s most serious extinction crisis. What are your thoughts on the future prospects for amphibian conservation and preventing further extinctions?
Amphibian conservation must push forward on multiple fronts – preserving habitat, while part of the solution, cannot solve this issue alone. There will always be a demand for keeping amphibians in captivity. It’s a part of connecting with nature – while not all of us can travel the world and experience these amazing animals in situ, it’s easier than ever to keep an amphibian as a pet at home and provide it with a healthy, long life.
At Josh’s Frogs, our goal is to reduce pressure on wild populations by producing animals in captivity. Providing captive bred animals at affordable prices allows more wild animals to stay in the wild, while still providing a way for people to connect with nature in their home.
What do you think are some of the most promising developments in the fight to prevent further amphibian population declines?
I think spreading awareness, such as the ASA is doing everyday, is huge. People cannot be expected to care about something if they are not aware of it. I think a big part of the future of amphibian conservation depends on fulfilling the demands for captive animals with animals that do not impact populations in the wild, and are disease free.
Why did you join the Alliance and what are you doing to help protect amphibians?
Josh’s Frogs joined the ASA in order to better meet our goals of conserving animals through commercialization. We love amphibians, and have oriented our business model around that philosophy. In addition to producing thousands of healthy, captive bred amphibians every year, we maintain our breeding facility as a ranavirus and chytrid free collection. All new animals are screened and tested via PCR testing in order to ensure we do not contribute to the spread of emergent diseases.
We also donate directly to Project Mitsinjo in Madagascar, which focuses on amphibians native to Madagascar. Josh and I both donate time for outreach programs at schools, so that young people can see some fantastic amphibians firsthand, and understand the plight they face in the wild.
What can the average person, as well as the private sector, do in order to tangibly and actively participate in amphibian conservation?
If you are going to own an amphibian, great! Make sure it is properly housed and taken care of. Make sure to properly dispose of waste water and anything else that has come into contact with the animal. Most importantly, buy captive bred! Thousands of wild caught animals are needlessly brought into the country every year for the pet trade when the vast majority of this demand could be met by healthy, locally produced, captive bred animals. Captive bred animals are easier to care for and make better pets than their wild-caught counterparts. Be a smart and responsible pet owner![/text_output][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][text_output]Above: Josh’s Frogs Dendrobatid breeding room. Photo: Josh’s Frogs.[/text_output]
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