Our hope is to help EVACC raise awareness of the increasingly rapid extinction of frogs. This rapid increase of extinction is the cause of a disease known as chytrid fungus and it has already infected approximately 6,000 amphibian species worldwide.
Chytrid Fungus infects the outer skin layers that contain the largest amount of protein known as Keratin. Keratin makes the outside layer of the skin tough and resistant to injury.
Chytrid Fungus changes the skin to make very thick and are deadly to amphibian . When a frog drinks water it asborbs important salts like sodium and potassium through the skin, the fungus will damage the skin. The frog’s skin is what they use to breathe just like lung-less salamanders. The infection suffocates the frog until the heart stops.
Scientist are currently working hard to find a cure of the this infectious disease by studying the few amphibian species that are resistant to the fungus and are maintaining a controlled environment where the species facing extinctions have a chance to reproduce.
These type of studies are being done at EVACC a conservation center located in El Valle Panama. This conservation center is funded by the Houston Zoo.
To donate $5.00 to the EVACC Foundation give us a call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org To show our appreciation we will add in a Save the Golden Frog cup with your order.