These Wild Animals Are Disappearing at an Alarming Rate — Here’s What You Can Do About It

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11. Pacific Marsupial Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Up to 49 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Northwestern Ecuador, western Colombia
> Scientific name: Gastrotheca angustifrons

The Pacific marsupial frog is another species that has gone from a relative lower threat level of vulnerable to critically endangered — and even possibly extinct — in just one year, according to the IUCN. The biggest risks to the frog are illegal crops, logging, and mining activities, all of which have led to significant loss of habitat.

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Here’s what you can do about it

Pressure the governments of Ecuador and Colombia to improve the protection of forest habitats where the species exists, particularly in Chocó-Darién forests of western Ecuador.

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12. Cacao Robber Frog
> Estimated remaining population: Up to 49 (decreasing)
> Main habitat/geography: Colombia
> Scientific name: Pristimantis cacao

Pristimantis cacao is a large genus of frogs found in the southern Caribbean and Central and South America. The cacao robber frog, in particular, is endemic to Colombia. A major threat to the frog’s survival is the planting of illegal crops that lead to a loss of habitat.