16 March 2008

Kermit, oh, Kermit

Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd) is a fungus that can kill eighty percent of any exposed amphibian in just a few months, and it has now spread it every continent where amphibians make their homes. This, along with the news that as many as one-third of all amphibians are endangered of becoming extinct due to the effects of pollution, invasive species, and the loss of their natural habitats, has Kermit the Frog on the move. But, instead of going on the run, Kermit has gone to Washington.

In order to raise awareness of his family’s declining population, our fearless frog has recently visited with Washington D.C. Scientist from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) sought Kermit’s assistance since he is the world’s most recognizable amphibian, and is able to reach into the hearts and minds of the public where the AZA might not. The knowledge and resources of the aquariums and zoos that work with the AZA, along with their conservation partners, are taking immediate action and may be the last hope for our amphibian friends.

In lighter news for Kermit and his Muppet friends, a new Muppet movie has been given the green light. While Kermit and Fozzy try to explain to Gonzo that this is not a real green light, it is just an expression, the rest of us celebrate the renewed interest in not only a Muppet movie, but one that will not be sent directly to television or DVD, but to the big screen (And yes Gonzo, it is actually a big screen).

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