A year later, this NPR radio report from Feb. 17, 2007, is still solid and a great, 5-minute primer on the chytrid crisis that is wreaking havoc on frogs and hundreds of amphibian species — and what Amphibian Ark is doing about it. And, you can hear Joe Mendelson of Zoo Atlanta properly pronounce caecilians (SAY-silly-uns).
A killer fungus is wiping out frog species across the globe, making some scientists worry about a mass amphibian extinction. One group’s plan is to keep frogs locked away until the world outside is safe again. Debbie Elliott talks with Dr. Joe Mendelson, an organizer of the project named ‘Amphibian Ark.’