Amphibians in Crisis

Plains Spadefoot~33% – Amphibian species under threat of extinction (Murray 2009)

122 to 159 – Number of species that have gone extinct over the last 25 years (Stuart 2004, IUCN 2008)

38 – Number of amphibians that are officially extinct

1 – Number of species extinct in the wild, but surviving in captivity

120 – Amphibian species that have not been seen in the wild in recent years and feared extinct

<1% – Number of amphibian species with increasing populations

42% – Species with declining populations

489 – Species listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)

787 – Number of species listed as endangered by the IUCN

211 times – The extinction rate of amphibians compared to background extinction rate

>80% – Extinct and threatened amphibians in Cuba, Jamaica, and Dominican Republic

92% – Extinct and threatened amphibians in Haiti

4,000 – Number of species threatened by habitat loss

*Data:  IUCN Red List 2008

About The Author

Scott serves as Director of Development & Communications for Audubon Canyon Ranch (focusing on preservation, education and conservation science) and has almost fifteen years of experience spanning for-profit and nonprofit sectors in biotech, wildlife conservation and management, communications, and philanthropy. In addition to a strong track record in organizational growth and leadership, he is the founder of Urban Bird Foundation and Burrowing Owl Conservation Network, and presided over ECHO Fund, a coastal protection and restoration organization, as President for four years. Scott holds an M.A. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Development and Policy, degrees in Micro & Molecular Biology and Environmental Sciences, and has complemented his studies with a Master's certificate in Environmental Resource Management.

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