Rabb's Frog Last Of Its Species

Rabb's Frog Last Of Its Species

Most of the time a species dies in the wild with no one to care about it. The last existing specimens are killed in the wild or of natural causes and it's years before scientists get around to saying “hey, I think this frog is extinct.”

 

That's not so for the Rabb's fringed-limbed tree frog. The species was first discovered during a expedition to Panama in 2005. It's a very unassuming frog and with nothing terribly unique about it. It's just another frog species that lived in the wild. It went on the books and scientists kept a close eye on it.

 

It began gaining notoriety when a fungus began killing off its species until there were only two known left in the world, both in captivity. Sadly, on of the frogs had to be euthanized, leaving a single living specimen in the world.

 

This has to be one of the saddest stories I have heard in a long time. I can't imagine being the last of a species. The workers at the Zoo Atlanta have to be heartbroken to know that the specimen they have is the only one there is. When it dies, a species will be gone from the earth.

 

Stories like this emphasize the need to reduce pollution and continue studying the declining amphibian population. How many species will go extinct in the coming years and how will that effect our global ecosystem. While they haved saved genetic material from the deceased frog, the era of the Rabb's fringe-limbed frog is over.