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Friday, February 29, 2008

Leap Day celebrates the kick off to Year of the Frog

Kids 3-12 who "go froggy" get in free today at the zoo to celebrate the Year of the Frog, a campaign to alert people to the plight of amphibians around the world. Just come dressed in green and you get in free and get the chance to participate in a number of frog-related activities.

The more than 6,000 species of frogs, toads, newts, and salamanders are currently in the midst of a crisis where their numbers are drastically falling due to the infestation of the chytrid fungus as well as tremendous habitat loss. Woodland Park Zoo is joining with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Amphibian Ark and hundreds of zoos and aquariums around the world to help save amphibians from extinction. Currently we are working with several regional partners to help create a recovery plan for the endangered Oregon spotted frog which has declined over 90% of its historic range.


Find out how you can help frogs and other amphibians, too. Visit http://www.yearofthefrog.org/ for details on simple steps you can take to "take the leap" for frogs.
(Photo of poison dart frogs at WPZ by Ryan Hawk)

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