Around 40% of amphibian species are threatened with extinction. To prevent a catastrophe from unfolding, Durrell has launched the Saving Amphibians from Extinction (SAFE) programme.
If you’re not sure why you should care about amphibian species, consider these eight amazing benefits they bring!
- 1. Amphibians play an important role in nature – both as predators and prey.
- 2. They eat pest insects, which benefits agriculture around the world and helps minimise the spread of disease, including malaria.
- 3. Amphibian skin contains a myriad of different types of peptides, offering possible medical cures for a variety of human diseases.
- 4. It’s already used in some painkillers, high blood pressure medication and to block HIV transmission and treat anti-biotic resistant bacterial strains. As species disappear so do potential treatments.
- 5. Amphibians’ ability to regrow limbs is being studied to shed light on how to improve tissue regeneration and growth.
- 6. Amphibians have had a special place in various human cultures for centuries, and are cherished as agents of life and good luck.
- 7. Frogs are to the night what birds are to the day – can you imagine what the forests and marshes would be like without their chorus?
- 8. Amphibians were the first vertebrates to colonise land evolving around 370 million years ago and have survived four mass extinction events. Don’t let them go in this one!
We are committed to stopping the alarming decline of amphibians before it’s too late. Amphibian species are vital to the health of the planet.
Please, if you can, help us to secure the survival of threatened amphibians in some of the most at risk locations on the planet by donating today. Thank you.