On 21 November, Surviving the Century at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) asks how dependent human health is on the health of the animal populations around us. Four speakers will each put the case for an animal species that we simply can’t survive without. Here Helen Meredith puts the case for amphibians. What do you think? Add your comments at the bottom.
In a world where one in three amphibians is threatened with extinction, why should we care if there are fewer frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and caecilians around? Sure, some of them are pretty cute and brightly coloured, but what have they ever done for us, aside from providing an unusual appetizer and a bit of pond life in our gardens?
In fact, amphibians have already provided us with countless health benefits and have huge potential to continue doing so. We owe many of our greatest scientific…
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