Frogs are important indicators of the health of our environment. Their species are declining everywhere in the world. Here in New Zealand we have four native species under extreme threat. One, Archey’s frog, is ranked as the most important amphibian in the world under the Zoological Society of London’s Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) programme. Archey’s frogs are part of a small group of ancient frogs that have only a few close relatives so, if they become extinct, an irreplaceable link to amphibian species is lost.
You can find out more about frogs and how you can help, from the following resources.
Library resources about Frogs
Research Frogs in our e-Resources
EResource links to articles and other information. We recommend:
- Science in Context
- Science Reference Center
- Environmental Studies and Policy
- Global Issues in Context
- National Geographic Virtual Library
- National Geographic Kids
- A leap in the dark, New Zealand Geographic Magazine, May-June 2017 issue 145
- Joel Sartore and Jennifer S. Holland, Vanishing Amphibians, National Geographic Magazine, April 2009, Vol.215, Issue 4, p.138.
- Endangered species and wildlife conservation portal at Global Issues in Context.
- Frogs conservation articles in Ebsco GreenFile
- Prehistoric frogs face extinction. Ecology, Environment & Conservation 11 June 2010: 159. Global Issues In Context. Web. 5 Apr. 2015.
- Information about New Zealand native frogs and conservation efforts from the Department of Conservation.
- Frogs at Risk
- Traces the change in attitude towards frogs from the ‘truly loathsome creatures’ of the 18th Century to the present understanding that not only are they important environmental biomonitors, but comprise a ‘beautiful array of varied, colourful, harmless and often comical creatures’. They do however face a threatened future and the question is: will they survive the 21st century?
- Frogs in New Zealand
- Information from Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand on frogs in New Zealand.
- New Zealand Frog Research Groups
- Information on frogs (Litoria and Leiopelma) in New Zealand including frog research, frog diseases and frog conservation.