Quebec Zoos and Aquariums Team up to Save the World's Most Endangered Species

    MONTREAL, Feb. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Earth is facing its single largest mass
extinction since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. One third to one half of
the world's 6000 amphibian species - which have thrived for the past 360
million years - are facing imminent extinction, some within the next 10 years.
One hundred and twenty species have already become extinct in recent years. To
mitigate this crisis, the world's leading conservationists have joined
together to name 2008, "The Year of the Frog" in hopes of raising both
awareness and the critical funding needed to address this crisis.
    Amphibians are affected by habitat loss, climate change, pollution and
pesticides, introduced species and over-collection for food and pets. The most
immediate threat is an introduced parasitic fungus called amphibian chytrid,
which is untreatable in the wild and can kill 80 percent of native amphibians
within months.
    Quebec's six CAZA-accredited zoos and aquariums are joining forces for
the first time in history to collectively address this critical problem. The
Ecomuseum Zoo (21,125 Chemin Sainte-Marie, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC) will host
a joint press conference on February 29th at 11:00 am, with the five other
organizations, which include; the Biodôme of Montreal, Granby Zoo, Park
Safari, le Parc Aquarium du Québec and le Zoo sauvage of St-Félicien. The
leaders of each of the six organizations will discuss the reasons for the
amphibian extinction crisis, propose solutions at a local level and announce
their plans for the Year of the Frog.

For further information:

For further information: Victoria de Martigny, Ecomuseum,
Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, (514) 457-9449,;
Catherine Page, Granby Zoo, (450) 830-2119,

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