Costa Rica, which received a 2019 Champions of the Earth award, the United Nations’ highest environmental honor, for its role in protecting nature and combating climate change— hosts plenty of ecotours that offer zip-lining, mountain biking, kayaking, and birding.
But the nation is now discovering the value of a much smaller—and more threatened—natural asset. Lodges are building frog-friendly ponds; parks are leading frog-finding tours. Even the busy urban San José airport has a new frog-patterned carpet.
As the world gets hotter and drier, frogs’ future is in peril. Amphibians have survived the past four great extinctions, from ice ages to a meteor collision. But something is happening today that is causing amphibians to disappear at alarming rates, reports the National Geographic.