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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.

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