Animals Reptiles & Amphibians
Panamanian golden frogs’ bright skin warns us that they are toxic! This frog is one of just over 100 known species in the Atelopus genus, one of the most threatened groups of frog species. Since 2000, it is thought that at least 30 species have gone extinct in the wild. Panamanian golden frogs are possibly one of these; in 2006 the last known frogs were removed from the wild for breeding purposes in an effort to preserve the species and to protect them from the chytrid fungus. This fungus is thought to be largely responsible for the dramatic decreases in amphibian populations worldwide.