Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why Rebecca Is a Frog's Best Friend; Love Them or Hate Them, These Amphibians Need Help

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Why Rebecca Is a Frog's Best Friend; Love Them or Hate Them, These Amphibians Need Help

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Byline: PETER FOLEY peter.foley@qt.com.au

UNIVERSITY of Queensland student Rebecca Diete is dedicated to saving a creature that is often derided and usually ignored, but one that should never be neglected.

Ms Diete is a long-time supporter of Save the Frogs, a world-wide public charity dedicated exclusively to frog conservation.

She said Save the Frogs' primary aim was to create public awareness of the extremely high extinction rate of frogs, the threats they face and their crucial roles in society and natural ecosystems.

The abundance and distribution of frogs over time is an important indicator of the health of aquatic ecosystems, as frogs are very sensitive to changes in their environment.

Global frog populations have been in decline for a number of years and this trend is also evident among Australian frog populations.

This week, Rebecca Diete gave a presentation at UQ Gatton called The Wild World of Frogs to mark Save The Frogs Day.

aI am about to begin a PhD on the reptiles and amphibians of the Torres Strait Islands,a she said.

aI began supporting Save the Frogs when it began three years ago. I have been fundraising by selling Save the Frogs merchandise.a

She said Australia had at least 214 species of frogs, with many found nowhere else in the world.

But they were under siege from a range of attacks, both natural and man-made. …

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