Amphibians are four-legged vertebrates that can live on both land and in water. Amphibians breathe through their skin. In addition, they are cold-blooded, using the environment to regulate their body temperature. Unfortunately, pollutants can enter their body readily through their skin, which makes them especially sensitive and vulnerable to environmental changes.
Over the past few years, there has been dramatic in amphibian populations worldwide. Amphibian declines are perceived as one of the most critical threats to global biodiversity. Put simply and starkly, this means that without the existence of amphibians, other species may also be affected either directly or indirectly, and may also become endangered or, in the worst-case scenario, become extinct! This has serious repercussions for the biodiversity of global ecology.
Why we chose this project
All of us have a love for and interest in wildlife. We chanced upon this topic when our teacher-mentor mentioned it to us and introduced an opportunity for a possible collaboration with the zoo. Subsequently, we wrote emails, met up with the zoo’s personnel and our project took off when similar interests shared by different individuals were brought together to be hothoused!
The project went from strength to strength, and we soon found ourselves becoming ‘regulars’ at the Zoo, even putting up a choral performance (pretending to be frogs for a day, no less!) to be a part of the zoo’s international launch of “Year of the Frog”, as well as taking part in many other exciting activities such as face-painting of frogs and salamander dances.
We were and are still very concerned about the endangerment of amphibians and kept ourselves further informed about this when we read the newspapers and other periodicals.
Goals and objectives
- We hope to increase the awareness on the plight of amphibians on a global scale.
- Amphibian populations are decreasing rapidly and we hope that people around the world will gain awareness and be moved to activation by visiting our website.
- We believe that by doing our best for this project, we can do our part to raise awareness on the plight of amphibians, which gives rise to our project title: “Increasing the global awareness on the plight of endangered amphibians”. These are baby steps that we hope will be translated into a global effort in due course.