A film made by Alice Oliver and Samuel Pollard, with support from University College London and the Zoological Society of London. Science, research and story provided by Dr Stephen Price. Narrated by Stephen Fry.
Biodiversity is the backbone of all life on earth and Amazing Amphibians celebrates some of the amazing amphibians around us, interesting facts about the species, range and distribution maps, images/photos, while also promoting the conservation projects taking place to protect them and highlights the areas we still need to work on.
Conserving amphibians has never been more important. Around half of all amphibian species are declining, and the proportion threatened with extinction is thought to be over 40%, making amphibians the most threatened vertebrate group. Once a sanctuary for over 8,000 species, we now live in a world that is increasingly unsafe for amphibians. A world that is unsafe for amphibians is unsafe for other species, not least humankind. The intensifying plight of amphibians mirrors our own struggle, as we try to protect natural resources and bring about a sustainable future for all life on our shared planet.
We envisage a future where amphibian conservation is fully collaborative and integrated into global conservation priorities — a future where amphibians are valued for their many contributions to this world, as well as their astonishing beauty and variety.
We seek to preserve this variety, as part of healthy ecosystems, for generations to come.
Photos © Luis Fernando Marin da Fonte