[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
June 27, 2017 | NPR · The monument’s key backer, state Sen. Jason Rapert, says it honors the “historical moral foundation of law.” But the ACLU says it violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment.
 

AP
June 27, 2017 | NPR · On Tuesday the Labor Department formally requested information from the Office of Management and Budget, setting the stage for scaling back a rule that would make more workers eligible for OT.
 

AP
June 27, 2017 | NPR · It’s expensive being royal. The queen is expected to get an annual payout of around $105 million by 2019 and palace repairs are a priority.
 

Arts & Life

Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.
June 27, 2017 | NPR · “This is a squealing-tires symphony that owes more to Jacques Tati … than to Justin Lin or Michael Bay,” says critic Chris Klimek.
 

June 27, 2017 | NPR · For the first time, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei will see his Lego portraits of political prisoners and fellow activists on display at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. Ai Weiwei was under house arrest in China when the work was installed at Alcatraz.
 

June 27, 2017 | NPR · NPR’s Robert Siegel talks to Douglas Murray about his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. He argues that European civilization is dying as a result of immigration.
 

Music

JohnRogersNYC.com
June 27, 2017 | WBGO · The jazz pianist defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit. She died Tuesday in Philadelphia.
 

YouTube
June 27, 2017 | NPR · The visual world around Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. continues to grow, his videos tunneling inward as they progress stunningly outward.
 

Courtesy of the artist
June 27, 2017 | WXPN-FM · DiFranco’s 20th studio album is textured and ambitious. In this session, she performs two songs and shares some personal stories about her childhood and the relationships she’s sought out.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab