ARCHIVE: In the Face of Extinction: Thinking about the Biodiversity and Conservation of Frogs
Recorded: Wednesday, September 11th, 2013 @ 1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EDT
Duration: 50 minutes
Panama is home to nearly 200 species of frogs! Join conservation biologist Brian Gratwicke to learn about the fabulous frogs of Panama, masters of camouflage who lead a watery lifestyle and act as nature’s “middlemen” in the food chain. Learn why frogs are disappearing around the world, why it matters to you, and what Smithsonian scientists and their partners are doing to prevent their mass extinction. We’ll also view photos of the first Panamanian Golden Frogs, a national symbol now extinct in the wild, reared successfully in captivity in Panama.
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Sharon Ryan directs science education and outreach at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama. Her "frog" projects include the annual Panamanian Golden Frog Day Festival in August and a new amphibian exhibit that will open next year at STRI called the Fabulous Frogs of Panama.
Brian Gratwicke leads the amphibian conservation program at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute where he coordinates a pan-Smithsonian response to the global amphibian crisis.