Looks at the Panamanian golden frog, the national symbol of Panama, which has been vanishing due to a fungus infection, and follows a team of scientists working to save these frogs and protect frog populations worldwide....
|Title||:||The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery (Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries)|
|Publisher||:||Millbrook Pr August 1, 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||48 pages|
|File Size||:||875 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs: A Scientific Mystery (Sandra Markle's Science Discoveries) Reviews
I loved this book though it was hard to read in my older kindle.
Traditionally the Panamanian golden frog has been a symbol of good fortune in Panama. People "believed the frogs would give their loved ones good luck in the afterlife" and buried them with golden replicas of the frog. To this day open-air markets often feature golden frog statues, but in the wild they are alarmingly sparse. In 1996 they mysteriously started to disappear from the landscape in large numbers. Karen Lips, a biologist, was startled when she went in search of them in the Fortuna Forest Reserve in Chiriqui Province. The frogs she discovered were far from healthy. In fact, most of them were dead or dying. Instead of researching frogs, her focus shifted and she tried "to figure out what could be killing them."
The golden frog found in Panama is a national symbol of that country, but in 1996, scientists discovered something disturbing. The once prolific golden frog population was decreasing at an alarming rate. Biologist Karen Lips was the one to make this discovery, and she was greatly disturbed by this development, even more so when she found strange sacs under the dead frogs' skin.
Sandra Markle is one of my favorite authors, and frogs are high on my list of favorite animals, so I was thrilled to have a chance to preview this title. And I wasn't disappointed. The text is informative and easy to understand, but also tells a fascinating and compelling story.