[slideshow id=37]

Scientists are calling it an “amphibian Armageddon.” In the last 30 years, more than 100 species of frogs and toads have been wiped out by habitat loss and amphibian chytrid, a fungus that attacks their skin. No one knows why this common fungus is suddenly proving fatal. Some think climate change is making frogs more vulnerable. Whatever the reason, chytrid is spreading quickly through one of the richest frog habitats in the world: Panama’s cloud forest. That news prompted five people from Colorado Springs to pack their bags and head south for a rescue mission. Reporter Sandy Hausman went along on the trip, and has this report from Panama City.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.



All photos courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.
Disclaimer: Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is an underwriter of KRCC.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AP
October 20, 2014 | NPR · The family of the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with the deadly disease ends a 21-day observation period with no symptoms. Meanwhile, the WHO declared Nigeria Ebola-free.
 

Reuters/Landov
October 20, 2014 | NPR · The remarks by the country’s foreign minister could signal a shift in Ankara’s largely neutral stance on the conflict at its doorstep.
 

AP
October 20, 2014 | NPR · Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple’s launch is bigger, with more financial institutions’ support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.
 

Arts & Life

October 20, 2014 | NPR · The WWII drama Fury is about a U.S. sergeant and his five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines. Kenneth Turan reviews the film, directed by David Ayer and starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf.
 

Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon/ Courtesy of the National Gallery
October 20, 2014 | NPR · Ballerina Marie Van Goethem started modeling for Edgar Degas around 1878 and inspired his statue Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. But history lost track of her after she left the Paris Opera.
 

October 20, 2014 | NPR · Morning Edition‘s David Greene has taken this 6,000-mile ride twice. He shares his experience in the cramped third-class cars — borscht and all — in his new book, Midnight in Siberia.
 

Music

Courtesy of the artist
October 20, 2014 | NPR · Eight years after going on indefinite hiatus, the trio is back. They’ll release a new album on Jan. 20 called No Cities To Love. Hear the song “Bury Our Friends” now.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · With its roots in punk and heartland rock, LP3 is a rattling, unpinnable record that doesn’t know when to stop baring its soul.
 

Courtesy of the artist
October 19, 2014 | NPR · Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz spend their second album feeling and defining the contours of each other’s voices, trading verses, lines and leads. They call it “blood harmony,” which about sums it up.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab