Many fathers in the animal kingdom present some pretty lofty dad goals, proving that caring fathers exist in many different species--even if it's only to ensure the survival of their own offspring. Poison frogs, or poison dart frogs, are a great example of dads who spend a lot of their time and energy ensuring their chilren's safety and best chance.
We're always looking for ways to help the environment, animals and really anyone who needs it, but sometimes it can be really difficult--especially if you don't have unlimited time or funds. That's why endeavors like this one from the Oregon Wildlife Foundation are so important. By selling these special license plates to benefit frogs, they will give citizens the ability to pitch in a little to save a lot.
Architects are using animal adaptations as inspiration for modern buildings and it's such incredible innovation that you can only sit back and be amazed by it! The African Reed Frog's ability to change color to reflect light and keep the animal cool is being used as a part of building planning, as are many other animal adaptations.
Human beings can be the greatest disappointment as well as the best hope for a species. Consider the Loa Water Frog: researchers believe they've found and rescued the last 14 frogs of the species from a dried-up stream in Chile where humans were illegally extracting water, causing them to run out of habitat and die.
As kids, we're taught that there's a lot that separates us from the rest of the beasts, from opposable thumbs to the ability to use tools. The older I get, though, the more I see that these thumbs can be pretty overrated, and all kinds of species use tools to accomplish tasks. Many animals even build better than humans seem to be able to do! Take the Goliath frog, for example.
My best friend told me the story of how her mother found a scorpion once while cutting open a head of lettuce! Since then I've been so careful when I chop up mine it's ridiculous. What are the odds, right? Well, they're probably super low, but there are plenty of people who find critters in their salads every day.
First of all, don't go chasing poisonous frogs. It's not a good idea unless you're a trained professional, so don't do it. That said, if you're interested in seeing how the professionals actually do it, here is a very interesting video! Apparently a clear plastic bottle and a pair of gloves are the truly crucial ingredients.
New frog species are always exciting to find, so when student Veronica Urgiles helped to discover not one but two species, she had to have felt excited. The frog lover didn't only find them, but she was even able to help describe and name the amphibians, one of which she chose to name after her professor.
It's not really a symbiotic relationship, since the frogs don't particularly help the elephants back, but have you ever thought about how elephant prints help other animals? I've read about how elephants eat so much grass that their droppings make great recycled paper; in fact, I bought some for my teen once and they loved it. It turns out that the footprints left behind by elephants are extremely helpful for another animal--frogs!
It's not enough that the poor frogs are facing endangered satus, habitat destruction, mutation from all of the pollutants in our environment and more. Their enemies in the animal kingdom are also causing them problems. An Australian slug can glue its frog opponents to trees, leaving the frogs vulnerable for days. The slug's slime is incredibly sticky, enough to hold a fully grown frog on a tree branch for days at a time.