Rare tree frog species likely extinct

By Jose Sepulveda, Buzz60

A rare species of tree frog seems to now be extinct after the death of its last known living member in captivity.

The frog called Toughie, a Rabbs' Fringe-Limbed Tree Frog, died in its enclosure at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. The frog, believed to be 12 years old, was found dead during a routine daily inspection at the end of September.

In 2005, a team of scientists collected live animals in Panama as an infectious disease in amphibians, threatened species in Central Panama.

Studies suggest that up to 85 percent of the amphibians found on Toughie's home turf were gone and it is unlikely that any of his kind survived in the wild.

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This only exacerbates the fact but other amphibian species are also at risk of getting wiped out.

Scientists estimate that up to one-half of amphibian species all over the world are at risk of extinction.

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