How you can help
No one will
ever again see a golden toad flash through
the cloud forest or learn how a gastric-brooding
frog nurtured up to 25 offspring in her stomach. They are gone forever.
In the United States the Vegas Valley leopard
frog (Rana fisheri) is probably extinct. The Tarahumara
frog (Rana tarahumarae) has disappeared from Arizona but survives
The Fish and Wildlife Service
lists three species of frogs in the United States as endangered,
meaning they may become extinct in the near future:
o guajon (Eleutherodactylus cooki)
o golden coqui (Eleutherodactylus jasperi)
o California red-legged frog (Rana aurora draytonii)
Three species of toads in the United States are also endangered:
o arroyo toad (Bufo microscaphus californicus)
o Houston toad (Bufo houstonensis)
o Wyoming toad (Bufo hemiophrys baxteri)
One toad is classified as threatened, which means its
likely to become endangered:
o Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur)
Extinction is forever. Here are ways you can help save endangered and
threatened frogs before its too late:
1. Learn about declining amphibians
and other wildlife so you can enjoy the outdoors without accidentally
harming animals or plants.
2. When you go hiking, take binoculars, a camera, and a notebook.
Keep notes of the different plants and animals you see. Take pictures,
3. Be kind to the environment by walking or riding your bike
instead of driving a car.
4. When you drive, go slow when frogs in your area are breeding.
Many frogs get run over at this time.
5. Use natural fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides in
your yard. Chemicals can wash into streams and lakes, harming or killing
6. Dont dump motor oil and other hazardous wastes down the
drain. Remember that frogs live downstream.
7. Dont release unwanted pet fish, turtles, or frogs in a
pond. They might carry disease or prey on native species.
8. If your local school needs animal specimens for dissection, urge teachers
to buy biological specimens that are introduced species
instead of natives.
9. Help scientists in your area with a frog census in the United
States or Canada.
10. Kids, find out from Captain Ribbit and the Frog Force how to
adopt a frog pond.
11. Teachers, learn about classroom
activities and resources for
teaching students about amphibians.
12. Increase frog habitat by creating a backyard
or schoolyard pond. Be careful, though, not to provide a home for
introduced species like bullfrogs and
13. If you have a pond on your property, remove any introduced
predators and replace them with native amphibians. Get help from your
local Game and Fish Department, university biology department, or conservation
organizations like those listed below.
14. Support organizations that champion the preservation
of amphibian habitats, such as the National
Wildlife Federation, Nature Conservancy,
and Sierra Club.