National Geographic : 2008 Apr
At first, scientists weren't sure what was happening. They thought perhaps the frogs they had always seen had just disappeared for a season or two. But there would be no happy ending. The frogs that had disappeared weren't coming back. In the past 20 years, more than 100 species of amphibians have become extinct. As many as half of the world's 6,000 amphibian species are threatened, a large number by a fungal disease called chytrid (KIT-rid). In the balance of nature, frogs play a starring role. They eat insects that carry disease. They help protect the fragile ecosystems of the places they call home. But now, the only hope of saving frogs is to rescue them - capture them in the wild and take them into protective custody. It's a pioneering undertaking by a coalition called Amphibian Ark. The world's leading conservation organizations have joined together to declare 2008 the year of the frog. They hope to raise awareness and funding to save dozens of amphibian species from immediate extinction. Every person can playa rolein "2008Year of the Frog:' according to Amphibian Ark, which coordinates the efforts of zoos and scientists around the world. To find out more, go to www.amphibianark.org. The makers of Clorox® products are proud . to be the first official corporate sponsor of 2008 Year of the Frog. Clorox® Regular Bleach is used every day in the battle to save frogs. For more on how Clorox is helping, S go to www.savethefrogs.com.