Bravo! to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) for a compelling new focus on the amphibian crisis. ZSL has created a list of the most endangered of the most endangered amphibian species under the auspices of its new program titled, “The EDGE” (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered). Here’s what it’s Web site says:

“EDGE Amphibians is following hot on the heels of EDGE Mammals. Unusual and endangered species like the Chinese giant salamander (the largest amphibian in the world at nearly 2 metres long), the Madagascan mantellas (the independently evolved Malagasy equivalent of the poison dart frogs) and the Mexican burrowing toad (which spends the majority of its life tunneling underground) will soon be displayed in the same format as the EDGE mammals so you can learn about their curious lives and how to protect them from extinction.

“Amphibians are suffering global, catastrophic declines due to habitat destruction, over-collection for the pet trade and food market, disease, climate change and introduced species.  They are some of the most beautiful and enigmatic species on Earth and can tell us a lot about the condition of our environment.”

The news coverage is huge for The EDGE in the UK. There’s a BBC slide show of the most endangered species from The EDGE’s list. And here is a (frankly) much superior blog posting.

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