Save the World's "Weirdest" Amphibians


Earth's most endangered amphibians receive little to no conservation efforts, according to the Zoological Society of London, which made the announcement this week as part of its EDGE (Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered) of Existence program.

Among these critically endangered species are some truly amazing critters, such as the Chinese giant salamander, which can grow to nearly 6 feet in lengh! (How much worse off would the world be without astounding lifeforms like that?)

ZSL launched its EDGE program just over a year ago, aiming to "protect some of the world's most bizarre and unusual animals, many of which are being completely ignored by current international conservation efforts." The original EDGE list included 100 mammal species such as the Yangtze River dolphin (oops -- too late), the Pygmy hippopotamus, and the world's smallest mammal, the Bumblebee bat.

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