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?
Amphibians are facing terrible odds for survival globally due to threats like population, habitat loss, introduced species, and diseases. While it’s inevitable that we will continue to lose amphibian species at an alarming rate we at TWH remain hopeful that with continued public education, ongoing reduction in pollution and deforestation, and scientific research into cures or treatments for diseases like chytridiomycosis and ranavirus, that the future losses of amphibian species will be lessened and perhaps eventually halted.
What do you think are some of the most promising developments in the fight to prevent further amphibian population declines?
An increase in public awareness about the loss of amphibian species is one of the most promising developments. The more people know about the risks amphibians face the more they’ll be able to help save them. Teaching people that changing even small everyday behaviors, like eating more organic produce to eliminate the amount of toxic chemicals that end up in wetlands or reducing their carbon footprints to help with the effects of climate change, they can in turn help save amphibians. Other promising developments are the increased research aimed at treating and preventing amphibian diseases.
Why did you join the Alliance and what are you are doing to help protect amphibians?
TWH joined ASA to support and promote their wonderful work in amphibian conservation. We at TWH share similar goals as ASA. We are dedicated to providing news, facts, and educational information about amphibians and reptiles. TWH believes in conservation through education and our goal is to dispel misplaced fears and myths about amphibians and reptiles and to encourage people to learn more about these fascinating organisms.
What can the average person, as well as the private sector, do in order to tangibly and actively participate in amphibian conservation?
If an average person makes even the smallest changes in their day to day life to help save the environment these changes will in turn help save amphibians. However, individuals and corporations alike can make big changes by participating directly in amphibian conservation like reestablishing wetlands on their properties, contributing financially or by volunteering with amphibian conservation organizations, and performing citizen science activities like helping salamanders cross roads to breeding ponds. And sometimes even teaching a child that a frog or a salamander is a thing of wonder and beauty can make all the difference in both that child’s life and an amphibian’s life.
By Sara Viernum
To learn more about how The Wandering Herpetologist is working with the Amphibian Survival Alliance please visit their profile here.
Join The Alliance
If your organization or institution is interested in joining the Amphibian Survival Alliance please contact our Director of Communications and Partnerships Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx to begin the conversation.
As an ASA partner you will not only demonstrate your dedication to stopping this severe extinction crisis, but also provide the much needed support to drive this initiative forward and on to success. Your support will demonstrate that inaction and indifference to this crisis are unacceptable and that we must work together to restore populations of all threatened native amphibian species within natural ecosystems worldwide.