8.1.2007 12:00 AM

Frogs Face Extinction 'To Rival That Of Dinosaurs'

Documentary Will Look At Crisis Among The World's Amphibians


By Dan Shapley

According to Ronald Gagliardo, amphibian conservation coordinator at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, frogs are facing down extinction on a global scale on par with the disappearance of dinosaurs 65 million years ago.

A Hamburg documentary filmmaker, Joerg Daniel Hissen of Hamburg, visited Gagliardo as he started work on an as-yet-unnamed documentary about the crisis.

Causes for declines in frogs around the world have many suspected causes -- from fungal diseases and human encroachment to water pollution and global warming. The film could bring new attention to the issue.


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