The value of amphibians

I have always had a special affection for amphibians. I grew up with them since my childhood and far from leaving my fascination for them, today they continue to captivate and amaze me with the same or even greater ease than when I was a child. 

But these wonderful creatures are in danger. Amphibians are the most threatened group of vertebrates in the world (more than 41% of species in decline, IUCN data). My awareness of their situation and my strong bond with them led to a great sense of responsibility. It was time to materialise all these emotions, to transform them into something beneficial for amphibians and for the world. 

Common Toad (Bufo spinosus) – Courtesy of Jesús PorrasIberian Nature

This led me to start an international documentary that promotes knowledge, awareness and empathy for these animals. It will gather the wisdom, work, reflections and feelings of scientists, conservationists, NGOs and individuals who strive every day to ensure the permanence of amphibians in nature. 

Searching for the presence of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) in a specimen of anurans –
Courtesy of Ignacio de la Riva.

By themselves, their efforts may be sadly undervalued in the eyes of others or by society, unaware of the incalculable value that lies behind it. However, if we take enough perspective we can see a beautiful link between all of them: amphibians. Amphibians continue to fascinate people all over the world and that is a powerful force of inspiration and action. It is time to praise, to recognise the value of amphibians and the work of all those people who dedicate their lives to these fascinating creatures.

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