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3 years ago
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6 Species Facing Extinction Without Protection
posted by Samantha, selected from TreeHugger Aug 10, 2011 5:03 pm
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By David DeFranza, TreeHugger

Tigers, black rhinoceros, and giant pandas attract a lot of attention from conservationists and wildlife lovers—and with good reason. The global populations for these species number in the thousands or even less and their habitats are rapidly degrading.

Dig deeper into endangered lists, however, and hundreds more species turn up which—while they may have a greater population—are facing challenges that make their futures look grim. But just because a species is not on the Endangered Species List does not mean it’s safe from harm. From the millions of frogs harvested each year for their legs to the sage grouse facing encroaching oil drillers, species struggle even without special conservation designations.

Frogs

Around the world, frogs are in trouble. Threatened by disease—notably Chytridiomycosis&mdashollution, and habitat destruction, some areas have experienced an 80 percent decline in local populations.

10 Strange New Frog Species

The losses are not limited to endangered species. One of the growing threats to frogs is the global demand for frogs legs. Targeting typically common frog species—like the green pond frog—the world’s insatiable appetite for frogs legs—including 4.6 million pounds in the United States, 4.4 million pounds in Asia, and 9.2 million pounds in Europe annually—is proving to be unsustainable. Billions of frogs a year are harvested for their legs, pushing some local populations past the point of collapse.

Photo credit: j / f / photos / Creative Commons

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no matter
3 years ago

how much we want to save them.
the truth is we're going to be watching more and more of them,disappear,forever.
TRULY SAD
It won't be just the frogs, but they are an earth health indicator,for sure.
SIOUXZ

That's because they have Porous skin like us.
3 years ago

Siouxz, you went out West and turned into an Indian. LOL..Did you change your name now ?  Do you have some Native American in you? You know I'm Comanche. Goodnight

VINNIE
3 years ago

YES,YES,YES,BUT I CHANGED NOTHING.
HAVE ALWAYS BEEN LAKOTA, HAVE LIVED OUT WEST GOING ON SIX YEARS,NOW
DIDN'T CHANGE MY NAME,CARE2 DID.
SIGNED A PETITION,WITH MY INDIAN NAME.
AND IT RESET ALL MY INFORMATION....
FREAKED ME OUT.
CAUSE,I PREFER SIOUXZ.
YOU'RE A COMMANCHE, WELL ,KOLA, LET'S START HITTING THE SWEAT LODGES AND SUNDANCES.LOL
NO WONDER,WE BOTH LOVE HORSES
TASUNKA MEANS HORSE,BTW.
FULL NAME MEANS IRON HORSE

Namaste, Siouxz
3 years ago

Hey, Siouxz, I have about ten friends and we're all different Nations. I'm Comanche Warrior, I have an Apache, Crow, Cree, Lakota, Sioux and even a Brazillian Indian that I write some form of Spanish with and we understand each other. I understand her better than from friend in Spain.  Lots of Native Americans here. Cool.

Interesting, yet sad news.
3 years ago

Sorry, I don't get in here often. Just checking out the articles on the frogs. It's a tragedy how species are disappearing. It shouldn't be that way.

3 years ago

Very sad about the frogs. If humanity would stop eating animals there would be less of a chance of extinction of many of the species. But we're a gluttonous nation.

Siouxz and Vinnie, I'm not really Native American but I do belong to the "Allergic Nation". My son said that if I were Native American I would have a special name. He calls me "Running Nose"!!

3 years ago

If they cannae save the frogs, then whit's gawny happen tae us!!!!!

 

 

 

Hey Vinnie.....Ever get the feelin yer surrounded by Indians

 

"Running Nose"  Lynn...explain why??

 

Wonder whit ma name wid be! suggestions welcome fellow froggies!

Oh you guys.
3 years ago

Hugs y Abrazos to all. Iain you would be the  "Iain the Charmer Warrior".   Lynn, that's funny. "Running Nose"      Always glad to see you Toni when we can. Goodnight.

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