Did you know that over 120 species of frogs in the world have gone extinct since 1980? While some international organizations are working hard to stop other frog species from dying out, they’ve been unable to keep up with the rapid pace of deforestation and climate change that are wiping out both animals and their habitats.
In Taiwan, there is a school with a different solution. The school calls it Operation Saving Froggy.
The blue poison dart frog is quite a sight to behold, with its brilliant, speckled blue skin and quick movements. These blue little guys are native to Latin America, but now, a few of them live in a special room at National Tsing Hua University. Alongside them are some little golden dart frogs.
These frogs are being cared for as part of the university’s new frog preservation project, a “frog house” that houses some 500 frogs of different species. The school is trying to breed them. The project is headed by Professor Lee Chia-wei, and aims to help frog species on the brink of extinction recover and ensure that species native to Taiwan have offspring that can be released into the wild.
Lee says that 14 of Taiwan’s 36 native frog species are found nowhere else. He says he started this project because he wanted to save the nation’s frogs from extinction.
The frog preservation team takes its job very seriously, preparing fruit flies that cannot fly for the frogs to eat. The school will be building a second frog facility soon, and it also plans to release native frog tadpoles into the wild.