Why save frogs from extinction?
- Frog tadpoles are “river lawn mowers” and they protect clean drinking water. Many tadpoles eat algae and other plant material which keeps rivers clean, impacting hundreds of thousands of people living nearby.
- Frogs can also help control the spread of human diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as malaria, dengue, and Zika. The tadpoles of some frogs are carnivorous and kill mosquito eggs and larvae. Globally, hundreds of millions of people are infected by a mosquito borne illness each year resulting in over one million deaths.
- Frogs also serve as an important food source for many other animals. A diversity of fish, birds, snakes, mammals, and insects prey upon frogs and would have a difficult time finding enough food to eat if they disappeared.
- Amphibians are beautiful creatures that are integrated into many cultures, outdoor education, and help inspire children to become interested in protecting the natural world.