Around the world, frogs are in peril. Threatened by pollution and habitat loss, changing climates and epidemic disease, the outlook for many species is dire—with conservationists locked in a fatal race to uncover the key to frog survival.
Still, every year, new species are discovered and frogs long thought to be extinct are found again.
Many, like this isolated toad found in the mountains of Ecuador early in 2010, are completely unlike any scientists have seen before.
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